This help document answers the following questions:
A wild card is an alphanumeric character or set of characters that can stand for a wide range of other characters. On most of the MGI Query Forms, you can use the * (asterisk) as a wildcard to facilitate text field searches.
For example, do this:
- Enter Acr* in the Symbol/Name box on the Genes and Markers Query Form.
- Click the Search button at the top of the form.
The Genes and Markers Query Results -- Summary page contains links to any markers whose symbol begins with Acr, such as Acr, Acrbp, and Acrv1. Note that there is also a link to Adp because its gene name is acrodysplasia.
You can use a wild card in any text field on an MGI query form. Use the wild card to enhance your search.
Enter… To find, for example… Abc* All of the ATP-binding cassette genes embry* Embryo, embryonic, embryonal, embryoes, embryogenesis D2Mit* All of the MIT markers originally mapped to mouse Chromosome 2 Abc[ab]* ATP-binding cassette genes, sub-families A and B *rik All RIKEN cDNA genes
For most queries, you can use the * (asterisk) for text field searches. You can place the wild card symbol before and/or after the text in the search field.