This article aims to illustrate the potentialities of the Genatlas database, taking, as an example, the developmental genes and their associated diseases in man. These genes belong to several categories intervening from the first stages of embryonic life. They operate at all steps of developmental cascades from extracellular signaling to activation of target genes. Quite a number of those genes have been identified in man, which are the orthologs of genes previously described in lower species. These genes are mapped and an increasing number are associated with developmental anomalies. These studies shed light on the mechanisms of congenital malformations. They disclose a large array of genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity and a high degree of complexity.