Mendelian Inheritance in Man

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A catalog of human genetic diseases prepared by Victor McKusick. MIM is now in its twelfth edition and is also available electronically. Each gene is given a six digit MIM number, and this is followed by four digits that specify allelic variants. For example, the BRCA 1 mutation commonly found among Ashkenazi Jews is 113705.0003. In addition to genes that cause hereditary diseases when mutated, MIM also includes polymorphisms that influence disease resistance. The Duffy blood group gene (q.v.) (110700.0001), which confers resistance to malaria, is an example. See Chronology, 1966, McKusick; breast cancer susceptibility genes, human genetic diseases, OMIM.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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