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Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM): A database of human genes, genetic diseases and disorders

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Learn to use Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, or OMIM, a catalog of human genes and genetic conditions. OMIM is a foundational resource in genomics and is valuable for clinicians and biomedical researchers. OMIM links and data are found at sites all around the bioinformatics sphere, but understanding the full scope of OMIM's data and resources enable the most comprehensive understanding of human phenotypes and disease. OMIM contains full-text summaries of information from the scientific literature, and provides extensive links to the literature resources and other genomic resource tools as well. Use OMIM as a comprehensive first stop to find important information and gene links for human Mendelian disorders.
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You'll learn:

  • ways to perform both simple and advanced searches
  • how to navigate and customize output displays to best serve your needs
  • methods to view OMIM data organized by either genes or disorders
  • where to find, and how to use additional features of the OMIM resource


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Yu Yibo et al., A novel MIP gene mutation associated with autosomal dominant congenital cataracts in a Chinese family Clinical-Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics. BMC Medical Genetics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2350-15-6

Martínez Víctor et al., ProphNet: A generic prioritization method through propagation of information Integrated Bio-Search: Selected Works from the 12th International Workshop on Network Tools and Applications in Biology (NETTAB 2012) Integrated Bio-Search: 12th International Workshop on Network Tools and Applications in Biology (NETTAB 2012). BMC Bioinformatics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2105-15-S1-S5

Hung Noelyn et al., Increased paired box transcription factor 8 has a survival function in Glioma Translational oncology. BMC Cancer (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2407-14-159

Ellis JI Peter et al., Thrifty metabolic programming in rats is induced by both maternal undernutrition and postnatal leptin treatment, but masked in the presence of both: implications for models of developmental programming Transcriptomic methods. BMC Genomics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-49

McRae M Kathryn et al., Signatures of selection in sheep bred for resistance or susceptibility to gastrointestinal nematodes Non-human and non-rodent vertebrate genomics. BMC Genomics (2014) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-637

More about the resource:

OMIM comes from the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. OMIM is intended for use primarily by physicians and other professionals concerned with genetic disorders, by genetics researchers, and by advanced students in science and medicine. While the OMIM database is open to the public, users seeking information about a personal medical or genetic condition are urged to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to personal questions.


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