Genetics resources on the Internet

I received an announcement today of a new wiki endeavor--wikigene. The site is intended to provide a location for gathering and coordinating information about individual human genes. Like other wiki sites, it will be open to contributions and editing by anyone who wishes to do so. There will be oversight to avoid posting obvious junk, but the idea of letting the interested community develop the majority of the text is being preserved. 

The launching of the site was announced today in PLoS Biology, an online peer-reviewed publication. I assume it is also being announced on PLoS Genetics, but I haven't received that notice yet. The article is described as follows:

A Gene Wiki for Community Annotation of Gene Function
Jon W. Huss III, Camilo Orozco, James Goodale, Chunlei Wu, Serge Batalov, Tim J. Vickers, Faramarz Valafar, and Andrew I. Su
This manuscript describes the creation of comprehensive gene wiki, seeded with data from public domain sources, which will enable and encourage community annotation of gene function.

You can access the article here. A pdf version is also available. 

I have not had time yet to determine how information on this site will differ from that available on other "consolidation" sites, such as Entrez Gene,  GeneCards, or others.

Warning:  the information is intended for people with lots of background in human genetics. For many of us, it will be far too detailed. It will be a great spot, however, to check out new findings, especially when some media source announces "The gene for XYZ has been found."  Very little in genetics is as simple as that.

A site you may find more helpful is known as wikigenetics, a site supported by the Genetic Alliance. Here you can find lots of definitions and basic information, especially on specific genetic conditions. In many cases, the information has been provided by advocacy organizations that help people who have had their lives affected by a genetic condition. 

Check out these new sources of information. You may find them very helpful, whatever information you are seeking. 

Marie Godfrey, PhD 

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