Question: Why does biomart return multiple Entrez IDs
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4.9 years ago by
United States
hdy100 wrote:

I am using biomart to convert multiple gene names to Entrez IDs, however, I found that for some gene names, it returned multiple IDs. Shouldn't the name and ID have a one to one correspondence? I also tried to use all the returned IDs and search in NCBI, but it seems only one of them is the same with my inquiry. For example, try "POTED" in biomart, it returns three IDs - "388468,339010,317754". But only searching 317754 in NCBI will give you the right gene symbol POTED. Why biomart returns multiple IDs?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.9 years ago by Devon Ryan89k • written 4.9 years ago by hdy100
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4.9 years ago by
Devon Ryan89k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan89k wrote:

Gene names aren't unique. The closest to an actually unique ID that I normally use would be Ensembl gene IDs (this is why I normally recommend using Ensembl annotations, when available).

Edit: I'll add that a single Entrez ID can have multiple gene names (on more than one chromosome or even on different strands of the same chromosome). Yeah, that can make life difficult.

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