What are all the possible uses of GO?

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It would be impossible to list all the potential applications of GO, but applications for which GO has already been used include the following:

  • integrating proteomic information from different organisms;
  • assigning functions to protein domains;
  • finding functional similarities in genes that are overexpressed or underexpressed in diseases and as we age;
  • predicting the likelihood that a particular gene is involved in diseases that haven't yet been mapped to specific genes;
  • analysing groups of genes that are co-expressed during development;
  • developing automated ways of deriving information about gene function from the literature;
  • verifying models of genetic, metabolic and product interaction networks.
For references to these and other studies that have used GO, see the GO Publications.