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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.

genenames.org 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 40,000 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

  • We are delighted to announce that RNAcentral are using HGNC data as a source of human non-coding RNAs. As a result, HGNC gene names are being displayed on RNAcentral sequence records. For more information on how RNAcentral have mapped in our gene names, read their blog.

  • 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.