Genetics Home Reference

NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 479

Database Description

The Genetics Home Reference is designed for patients and others to learn about specific genetic conditions and the genes that cause them. While the research results from the Human Genome Project are increasingly being made available in scientific databases on the Internet, these databases are often highly technical in nature, and, therefore, are not readily accessible to members of the public. The intent of the Genetics Home Reference is to provide a bridge between the clinical questions of the public and the richness of the data emanating from the Human Genome Project. The site is accessible at


The Genetics Home Reference is a service of the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The project team includes board-certified medical geneticists, biologists, and computer and information scientists.


1. Mitchell JA, Fun J, McCray AT. Design of Genetics Home Reference: A New NLM Consumer Health Resource. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2004 Nov-Dec;11(6):439-47.

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