[BioC] How to check if gene name is an alias or misspelt

Gordon K Smyth smyth at wehi.EDU.AU
Fri Apr 10 03:22:39 CEST 2009

Dear Dan,

To convert aliases to official symbols


Misspellings will fail however.

Best wishes

> Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2009 14:52:07 +0100
> From: Daniel Brewer <daniel.brewer at icr.ac.uk>
> Subject: [BioC] How to check if gene name is an alias or misspelt
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> Hello,
> I have a list of genes which are not official gene symbols.  Normally in
> this case I would search gene in entrez to see if it is an alias and
> then take the official symbol.  Is there a way to (semi) automate this
> within bioconductor?
> If this fails I normally google it to see if it is likely to be a
> misspelling S instead of 5 etc.  ANy suggestions for that?
> Many thanks
> Dan
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