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HGNC is responsible for approving unique symbols and names for human loci, including protein coding genes, ncRNA genes and pseudogenes, to allow unambiguous scientific communication. is a curated online repository of HGNC-approved gene nomenclature, gene families and associated resources including links to genomic, proteomic and phenotypic information.

Search our catalogue of more than 39,000 symbol reports using our improved search engine (see Search help), search lists of symbols using our Multi-symbol checker and identify possible orthologs using our HCOP tool.

Download our ready-made data files from our Statistics and Downloads page, create your own datasets using either our Custom Downloads tool or BioMart service, or write a script/program utilising our REST service.

Submit your gene symbol and name proposals to us to be accredited with HGNC approved nomenclature for use in publications, databases and presentations.

Latest News

  • The Vertebrate Gene Nomenclature Committee (VGNC) is an extension of the HGNC. VGNC is responsible for assigning standardized names to genes in vertebrate species that currently lack a nomenclature committee. The 6 existing vertebrate nomenclature committees and VGNC coordinate to ensure genes are named in line with their human homologs. We also rely on the expertise of specialist advisors for naming within complex families.

  • Our new BioMart server using the latest BioMart (0.9.0) code has been released. Despite looking very different the new service retains an easy to use interface, include our gene family data in addition to the gene symbol report dataset, and allows our users to access and query a lot more of the HGNC data than was previously possible. See our BioMart help for more information.