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[go-helpdesk] Multiple results for single human gene name

Tanya Berardini tberardi at
Wed Jun 13 11:02:14 PDT 2012

Dear Peter,

Thank you for contacting GO with your question.  The six different human
WHSC1 results in AmiGO correspond to six different UniProtKB records that
are all called WHSC1. If you click on each name, you will see that the
links to UniProtKB are all different.

Four of them have this tag:

"The sequence shown here is derived from an Ensembl automatic analysis
pipeline and should be considered as preliminary data. "

The remaining two differ in the length of the amino acid sequence.

Depending on your goals, you may want to focus on just one or several of
these records.  This one,, is the
longest amino acid sequence and appears to be the most extensive record.
If you use this UniProtKB identifier in your AmiGO search, you will only
get one result.

Best wishes,

Tanya Berardini

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: stensonpd at
To: go-helpdesk at
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 02:50:49 -0700
Subject: GO Help query (from website)

Email: stensonpd at
Name: Ontology (from Peter Stenson)
Text: Hello
I am having trouble uniquely identifying genes in the GO database (online
and download).

For example, the search for human WHSC1 (
brings up 6 results, all of which seem to be pointing to the same gene. Can
you explain why there are 6 entries here, rather than just 1? Many thanks.
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