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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I perform a keyword search?

  1. Select the type of data to search from the drop-down menu of the keyword search box (located at the top of every page).
  2. Enter your keyword: To limit your search to official names, use the “name:” prefix.
    Chemicals
    Search by MeSH® name, synonym, accession ID (“MESH:…”), or CAS Registry Number.
    Diseases
    Search by MeSH name, synonym, OMIM accession ID (“OMIM:…”), or accession ID (“MESH:…”).
    Genes
    Search by NCBI (Entrez) Gene symbol, name, synonym, or accession ID (“GENE:…”). To limit your search to official symbols, use the “name:” prefix.
    Gene Ontology
    Search by name, synonym, or GO ID (“GO:0008219” or “8219”).
    Organisms
    Search by NCBI Taxonomy scientific name, common name, synonym, or accession ID (“TAXON:…”). To limit your search to official scientific names, use the “name:” prefix.
    Pathways
    Search by KEGG or REACTOME name or accession ID (“KEGG:…” or “REACT:…”).
    References
    Search by author (“lastname initials”), title, abstract, PubMed® ID, or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  3. Select a term from the drop-down suggestion list to go directly to that term's page.
  4. Otherwise, click Search for a list of matching results.

If your query did not match any items, try using a shorter keyword or a wildcard, or try an advanced
gene, chemical–gene interaction , or reference query.