|AppleGFDB:The Apple Gene Function & Gene Family DataBase v1.0|
This tool was designed for users to submit their own gene family information to this database.
A gene family is a group of genes that share important characteristics. In many cases, genes in a family share a similar sequence of DNA building blocks (nucleotides). These genes provide instructions for making products (such as proteins) that have a similar structure or function. In other cases, dissimilar genes are grouped together in a family because proteins produced from these genes work together as a unit or participate in the same process.¡¡