Review of Mammalian Gene Collection

Title: Mammalian Gene Collection

URL: http://mgc.nci.nih.gov/

Date Reviewed: 5/3/2006

Description: The Mammalian Gene Collection (MGC) is a databank that house the full-length open reading frame cDNA clones for mainly the human, mouse, rat and cow genes. There are over 48,010 genes in 6 organisms covered by MGC clones today.

Strengths: It has a very user-friendly interface for the public to search and find the clone of the mammalian genes in their databank with direct links to NCBI matches. It provides detailed and high quality information about the sequence, map and expression data on the clones. And according to the website, the MGC clones are easily and publicly accessible for academic or commercial use through the I.M.A.G.E. consrtium of distributors.

Weaknesses: The human and mouse collections are not fully completed yet. These cDNA projects are only limited to a handful of mammals.

Comprehensiveness: It is fairly comprehensive.

Timeliness: There is no specific info as to say how often the site is updated, but this is an on-going project and is believed to be updated continuously.

Ease of Use: Very easy to use.

Responsiveness: It generates the search result rather fast.

Similar or Related Sites: OriGene Technologies

Overall Evaluation: 4 out of 5 stars because it is easy to use yet it provides a gateway to access the high-quality databank of the clone of the mammalian genes.

Reviewer: TanTan Ng

Email: liza.ng@tufts.edu