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Mendelian Inheritance in Man on CD-ROM

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Mendelian Inheritance in Man on CD-ROM

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At the 1993 Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics, Aries Systems Corporation of North Andover, Massachusetts, and The Johns Hopkins University Press of Baltimore, Maryland, jointly announced the immediate availability of MIM-CD, the CD-ROM edition of Medelian Inheritance in Man, by Victor A. McKusick, M.D.

For 26 years, through ten previous print editions, Mendelian Inheritance in Man has been the definitive reference work on human genetic traits and disorders. The first edition of the McKusick Catalog was published in 1966 with 1487 entries.

In its first issue, MIM-CD contains over 6300 main entries, including allelic variants and bibliographic references. Where available, references and abstracts from the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database have been linked to both the in-text citations and the bibliographies in MIM-CD. In addition to the phenotype descriptions, the database includes the list of Molecular Defects in Mendelian Disorders, and the detailed Gene Maps of the autosomes and the X and Y chromosomes. Extensive linkages built into the database offer easy, onscreen navigation through the various sections of MIM-CD.

MIM-CD is searched and browsed with Aries Systems' Knowledge Finder search software for IBM PC/compatible and Apple Macintosh computers. Knowledge Finder provides a variety of access tools, including fuzzy logic text searching and controlled term dictionary access. Fuzzy logic searching lets the users specify a vernacular, text-word search topic. …

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