A review of the new HGNC gene family resource

Hum Genomics. 2016 Feb 3;10:6. doi: 10.1186/s40246-016-0062-6.


The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) approves unique gene symbols and names for human loci. As well as naming genomic loci, we manually curate genes into family sets based on shared characteristics such as function, homology or phenotype. Each HGNC gene family has its own dedicated gene family report on our website, www.genenames.org . We have recently redesigned these reports to support the visualisation and browsing of complex relationships between families and to provide extra curated information such as family descriptions, protein domain graphics and gene family aliases. Here, we review how our gene families are curated and explain how to view, search and download the gene family data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Neoplasm Proteins / classification
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics*


  • Neoplasm Proteins