Genes2GO: A web application for querying gene sets for specific GO terms

Bioinformation. 2016 Jun 15;12(3):231-232. doi: 10.6026/97320630012231. eCollection 2016.


Gene ontology annotations have become an essential resource for biological interpretations of experimental findings. The process of gathering basic annotation information in tables that link gene sets with specific gene ontology terms can be cumbersome, in particular if it requires above average computer skills or bioinformatics expertise. We have therefore developed Genes2GO, an intuitive R-based web application. Genes2GO uses the biomaRt package of Bioconductor in order to retrieve custom sets of gene ontology annotations for any list of genes from organisms covered by the Ensembl database. Genes2GO produces a binary matrix file, indicating for each gene the presence or absence of specific annotations for a gene. It should be noted that other GO tools do not offer this user-friendly access to annotations.

Availability: Genes2GO is freely available and listed under

Keywords: GO terms; Gene sets; Web server.