What’s the Answer? (essential genes databases)

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This question was raised a couple of days ago, and generated quite an interesting discussion and some interesting resources:

Question: database of essential genes

I was searching for the list of essential genes in human. I found the http://www.essentialgene.org/ which has 118 genes for human in its database. However, I am sure that the number of essential genes in human is much more that 118. Does anyone knows another database of essential genes? Also if you know any for organisms other than human, I would b e happy to hear about. thanks.

–pegahtv

The discussion includes more biology than some of them do, and ways to think about approaching the study of essential genes in humans. Check it out.