Learn how to use GoMiner, a set of publicly available tools that can enable you to ascribe biological significance to large lists of genes by annotating them with their corresponding Gene Ontology, or GO, categories. GoMiner extracts these annotated terms associated with each gene to provide a synopsis of the biology for you. It is available in both web-based and downloadable versions and it not only annotates gene lists with GO descriptions, but it also clusters them into groups and provides detailed statistics. Once you learn what types of biological categories your genes of interest are enriched in you can quickly understand some of the underlying biology and learn where to focus your future studies. Links to additional information from sources such as Entrez's structural database, MMDB, BioCarta, Reactome, and more are also provided. Furthermore, there are several additional tools to help convert gene lists into any format you wish, manipulate and export your data in many ways and generate fantastic visuals to display your results.

You will learn:

  • Use both the downloadable GUI and web-based High-Throughput GoMiner tools
  • Understand and manipulate your GO annotated data
  • Construct beautiful visuals to display and present your results clearly


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Text-related tools. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

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iHOP: Information Hyperlinked Over Proteins text mining resource

STRING: known and predicted protein-protein interactions

Textpresso: Text-mining the biological literature

Gene Ontology: Gene Ontology controlled vocabularies in biology

XplorMed: eXploring Medline abstracts

Controlled Vocabularies: Standardized term lists that can enhance interactions with biological databases

DAVID: A tool that analyzes large lists of genes to provide biological meaning

Entrez Overview: Overview of NCBI's Entrez Search Resource

PubMed: PubMed access to biomedical research literature


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