International committees for establishing authoritative nomenclature for proteins, genes, alleles, and strains are active for human, mouse, rat, and other species. Adherence to correct nomenclature enhances scientific discourse and ensures that the object being referenced can be uniquely identified. Databases containing official nomenclature also include extensive cross-referencing to synonyms, former names, and sequence accession IDs for nucleotides and proteins to assist with identification.
The nomenclature and database providers maintaining standards for the community applaud the following journals for enforcing the use of approved nomenclature in the scientific articles they publish.
Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) is the authoritative source of official names and symbols for mouse genes, alleles, and strains. Nomenclature follows the rules and guidelines established by the International Committee on Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Mice.
See Rules and Guidelines on the Mouse Nomenclature Home Page for links to online copies.
Assistance with finding or establishing appropriate nomenclature is available:
Other species nomenclature resources:
Human: HUGO Nomenclature Committee (HGNC)
Rat: Rat Nomenclature Guidelines (RGD)
Zebrafish: Zebrafish Nomenclature Guidelines (ZFIN)
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Mouse Genome Database (MGD), Gene Expression Database (GXD), Mouse Models of Human Cancer database (MMHCdb) (formerly Mouse Tumor Biology (MTB)), Gene Ontology (GO)
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