DATABASE: Gene Farm

Science  13 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5601, pp. 2097e
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5601.2097e

Dogs and cats can have the blood-clotting disease hemophilia. Camels sometimes fall victim to cardiomyopathy, a potentially lethal enlargement of the heart muscle, and koalas are susceptible to diabetes. Animals suffer from many of the same inherited disorders that plague humans, as well as a host of their own diseases. Named after a well-known database on human genetics, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals makes it easy to track down studies on inherited traits and disorders in domesticated and wild species. Searchable by disease and by species, the bibliography includes publications on more than 100 types of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, and other beasts. Site creator Frank Nicholas, an animal geneticist at the University of Sydney in Australia, plans to add genetic data and information on diagnosis.

www.angis.su.oz.au/Databases/BIRX/omia

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