Online Sources of Current Information about Specific Genetic Diseases

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a Federally-funded, searchable database of virtually all 6,000 known or suspected heritable conditions or traits. Each trait is assigned an OMIM identification number referred to as "McKusick's ID," after the founder of the database, Dr. Victor McKusick. The URL of OMIM is: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Omim/

Merck Manual Online is a searchable database containing most morbid conditions, including many with a genetic component. The URL is: http://www.merck.com/ pubs/mmanual/sections.htm

The Human Genome Project (HGP) has an excellent subsection on genetic diseases. In the Table of Contents at the HGP site, find the Frame/Section titled "Medicine and the New Genetics," and click on "Genetic Disease Information-pronto!" The base URL is: http://www.ornl. gov/hgmis/

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