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Gene identifier synonym table standard and/or repository?

Mike Cherry cherry at genome.Stanford.EDU
Tue Feb 25 19:57:07 PST 2003


Judy,

For Saccharomyces a gene name synonym is typically a published name 
that for many reasons is not currently the "standard" name (aka the 
approved name).  The typical cause of synonyms is that multiple names 
have been published for the locus.  There are cases when the community 
renames a set of loci from names assigned from phenotypes to names 
describing function.  The synonym column in the GO association file 
also includes the systematic ORF designation once a gene name is 
assigned.  This allows users to find a particular gene via AmiGO using 
all published names and the systematic ORF name.

-Mike


On Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at 04:02 PM, Judy Sprague wrote:

> ZFIN is interested in learning how other databases are defining the 
> column 11
> field 'synonym'.  Are these symbols that were formerly approved 
> nomenclature or
> any symbol that has been used to refer to a given gene?
>
> Judy


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