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 http://david.abcc.ncifcrf.gov/
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 ?