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On-line human gene database.

Dr Jan Ellenberg and colleagues at the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) have deduced the characteristics of each one of the 22,000 human genes.

A searchable on-line database of the results is being used by scientists to dramatically speed-up research, since genes with similar actions are already cross linked.

The database lets scientists look at the most fundamental actions of cells, including division, migration and survival, and what happens when any single gene is switched off.

Beate Neumann and Thomas Walter, both of EMBL, have published a report in Nature on a common form of cancer cells, narrowing the possible genes involved in cell division from 22,000 to a more manageable 600.

You can use the database here. If you want to try it out, BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two genes involved in breast cancer.

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April 6, 2010 - Posted by | Beate Neumann, Genetics, Jan Ellenberg, Science, Thomas Walter

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