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Finding functions for genes in long gene lists - (Sep/12/2013 )


Is there a way of getting a short summary of gene functions without having to search for each individual gene?

I.e., can I paste my gene list somewhere, hit enter and get a back list of gene functions?




There are a number of tools that allow you to do this.  Ingenuity Pathway Analysis is a very powerful tool, but you'll need a subscription:


Some free online tools include:


DAVID Bioinformatics




There are definitely others.  I highly recommend DAVID - very easy and it will give you the results you are looking for!


I have a question on that issue. Let's say I have a list and determine by said databases that most of the genes are involved in cell cycle regulation/proliferation/mitosis. How can I find out whether they are positive or negative reulators of the cell cycle ? Do I have to look up every single gene or is there also a way to determine this for a whole list of genes ?