PhenoScanner: a database of human genotype-phenotype associations

Bioinformatics. 2016 Oct 15;32(20):3207-3209. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw373. Epub 2016 Jun 17.


PhenoScanner is a curated database of publicly available results from large-scale genetic association studies. This tool aims to facilitate 'phenome scans', the cross-referencing of genetic variants with many phenotypes, to help aid understanding of disease pathways and biology. The database currently contains over 350 million association results and over 10 million unique genetic variants, mostly single nucleotide polymorphisms. It is accompanied by a web-based tool that queries the database for associations with user-specified variants, providing results according to the same effect and non-effect alleles for each input variant. The tool provides the option of searching for trait associations with proxies of the input variants, calculated using the European samples from 1000 Genomes and Hapmap.

Availability and implementation: PhenoScanner is available at CONTACT: information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual*
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Software