GIST: A web tool for collecting gene information

Makc K. Halushka, Debra J. Mathews, Jeffrey A. Bailey, Aravinda Chakravarti

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As the human genome is sequenced and annotated, an important step in future genetic studies of complex traits and diseases will be the identification of relevant candidate genes. To enable such compilations, it would be useful to collate all necessary and available genetic information for each candidate gene. To this end, we have created a web tool (http:// to allow the rapid cataloging of currently available genetic data. This tool, called GIST (or "Gene Information Search Tool"), allows an investigator to search the major genomic databases containing gene and marker information from a single query point. To prove the utility of GIST, a catalog of 150 hypertension candidate genes was created. This resource collates all available nucleotide and amino acid sequence data, expression data, chromosomal map location, and genetic marker interval for each gene, collected from on-line databases. These data can be used to guide genetic studies of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiological Genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Candidate gene
  • Complex genetic disease
  • Genomics
  • Hypertension
  • Internet resource

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Physiology

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