alexa A guide to web tools to prioritize candidate genes.
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Journal of Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacoproteomics

Author(s): Tranchevent LC, Capdevila FB, Nitsch D, De Moor B, De Causmaecker P,

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Abstract Finding the most promising genes among large lists of candidate genes has been defined as the gene prioritization problem. It is a recurrent problem in genetics in which genetic conditions are reported to be associated with chromosomal regions. In the last decade, several different computational approaches have been developed to tackle this challenging task. In this study, we review 19 computational solutions for human gene prioritization that are freely accessible as web tools and illustrate their differences. We summarize the various biological problems to which they have been successfully applied. Ultimately, we describe several research directions that could increase the quality and applicability of the tools. In addition we developed a website ( containing detailed information about these and other tools, which is regularly updated. This review and the associated website constitute together a guide to help users select a gene prioritization strategy that suits best their needs. This article was published in Brief Bioinform and referenced in Journal of Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacoproteomics

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