The information in this database is collected and processed under the leadership of Dr. Victor A. McKusick at Johns Hopkins University, assisted by and a team of science writers and editors. Relevant articles are identified, discussed and written up in the relevant entries in the MIM database
The MIM code
Every disease and gene is assigned a six digit number of which the first number classifies the method of inheritance.
OMIM records link to the citations and abstracts of the sources for this research.
Since OMIM was the source for the genes, traits, and disorders on each chromosome of the Human Genome Landmarks poster, it is a key resource for finding more information about what is listed on the poster.
For example, the OMIM entry for the HFE gene is more than 50 printed pages long, while an OMIM entry for another condition that researchers know little about may only be 1 or 2 pages long.
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