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Echinobase gene nomenclature questions

Gene Nomenclature Questions

Discovery of new genes, or analysis of current genes sometimes leads to gene nomenclature questions. Here we have listed a few of the more common questions. Please address all comments or questions to echinobase@ucalgary.ca.

Common Questions

Where are the Echinobase Gene Nomenclature Guidelines?

The Echinobase Gene Nomenclature Guidelines can be found here. These guidelines were created to coincide with the Human Gene Nomenclature guidelines, and have been approved by the Echinobase Nomenclature Committee (ENC).

I have found a new gene, how do I name it?

Congratulations! Please keep in mind that the name and symbol must be unique among all species, must conform to our gene nomenclature guidelines, and should be informative as to the function or role of the gene. Please forward as much information as possible to the nomenclature coordinator who will communicate with the HGNC to assign the most appropriate name and symbol.

How do I request a gene name change?

Sometimes provisional names or even fully accepted gene names are neither informative nor accurate. In these cases, for example, gene names can be changed. Please provide us with the gene in question, a new name/symbol , and any evidence and reasoning for the name change.

I have a question about orthologs outside of currently supported Echinoderm species on Echinobase, can you help?

Yes we can. We routinely work with other model organism databases to collaborate on gene names. If you have any questions about whether two genes in different species are orthologs, or any other ortholog questions, please let us know.