APPENDIX 1C Human and Mouse Gene Nomenclature

  1. Hester Wain1,
  2. Sue Povey1,
  3. Lois Maltais2

Published Online: 1 FEB 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471142905.hga01cs35

Current Protocols in Human Genetics

Current Protocols in Human Genetics

How to Cite

Wain, H., Povey, S. and Maltais, L. 2003. Human and Mouse Gene Nomenclature. Current Protocols in Human Genetics. 39:1C:A.1C.1–A.1C.11.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University College London, London, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2003
  2. Published Print: OCT 2002


Standard genetic nomenclature is necessary to help researchers, clinicians, and the public to access data on their genes of interest, and to communicate in a globally understood language of approved gene symbols. In both human and mouse, one unique symbol (acronym/abbreviation) and one name are assigned for each gene. Co-ordination between human and mouse gene nomenclature is a successful endeavor, due in part to the historical interaction between the two nomenclature committee groups. This interaction grew out of the Human Gene Mapping (HGM) Workshops. This appendix discusses development and organization of gene nomenclature, how to find a gene and how to name a new gene.