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Gene Families

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What are gene families? A gene family is a set of several similar genes which share nucleotide or protein sequences, as well as important characteristics, formed by duplication of a single original gene, and generally with similar biochemical functions. Moreover, gene families are groups of related genes that share a common ancestor. Members of gene families may be paralogs or orthologs.
Gene families, part of a hierarchy of information storage in a genome, play a large role in the evolution and diversity of multicellular organisms. Gene families are large units of information and genetic variability. Besides, some gene families are related to various diseases, like cancer, autoimmune disorders, cardiac arrhythmia and hypertension, etc. Gene families may provide clues for identifying genes that are involved in particular diseases.
Classifying individual genes into families helps researchers describe how genes are related to each other. Researchers can use gene families to predict the function of newly identified genes based on their similarity to known genes.
Creative Biogene provide a platform to display information about particular gene families as listed below.

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