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Uses of databases

Part 1. Genetics

1.6. Genetic Medicine and Clinical Genetics

Basic Techniques and Approaches

  1. Roberta A. Pagon

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047001153X.g106413

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Pagon, R. A. 2005. Uses of databases. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 1:1.6:86.

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005

Abstract

Databases are used by clinicians practicing genetic medicine and clinical genetics to determine the molecular basis of inherited disorders, establish diagnoses, identify sources and uses of molecular genetic testing, assess and manage inherited cancer risk, provide consumer-health-oriented information to patients, and identify clinical genetic services for geographically dispersed family members. Those databases that are freely available on the Internet are discussed. They include OMIM, GeneTests, PDQ Cancer Genetics, The Genetics and Rare Conditions Site, Family Village, Genetic Home Reference, and the Genetic Alliance.

Keywords:

  • GeneTests;
  • OMIM;
  • database;
  • molecular genetic testing;
  • molecular diagnosis;
  • prenatal diagnosis;
  • natural history