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Searching GDB and OMIM via Email

GDB User Support help at gdb.org
Thu Feb 10 19:05:43 EST 1994

                   Searching GDB and OMIM via Email

You can now search GDB and OMIM via email by sending an email query to:  mailserv at gdb.org  

To receive the complete help file which includes descriptions/examples of all
the commands and search strategy suggestions, just put the word 'help' on a 
line by itself in the body of the message.  No subject line is necessary when
querying mailserv.

This summary briefly describes the new service. 

The following databases are available:


gdb-citation            articles, abstracts, etc.
gdb-contact             scientists' contact information
gdb-locus               genetic loci
gdb-map                 genetic maps
gdb-mutation            genetic mutations
gdb-polym               genetic polymorphisms
gdb-probe               genetic probes
gdb                     superset of the above (searches
                          all the gdb-* databases)
omim                    Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man

The email server uses WAIS for all searches.  WAIS locates documents 
containing the specified query terms and ranks them according to the frequency
with which they appear in the document, as well as whether or not the query 
terms appear in the document's title.


A single email message can contain an unlimited number of commands. The results
of all commands, except help, will be sent in a single message. Valid 
commands are:


        Requests the mailserv helpfile document which is mailed separately from
        any other requests as long as "help" is on a line by itself within 
        the body of your message.  The help document contains the list
        of valid commands and search strategies.

search [database] [keywords]

        Searches the specified database for the occurrence of one or more 
        keywords.  Only one database can be specified per email line. 

        ex:     search omim marfan
                search gdb-citation marfan

get [GDB or OMIM Accession number]

        Retrieves a specific document from GDB or OMIM. Accession numbers are
        returned when you perform a search on a keyword so you may retrieve 
        the exact document or documents you want.

        GDB and OMIM have different accession numbers; you do not need to 
        specify the database.  The first example retrieves a GDB document; 
        the second an OMIM document.

        ex.     get G00-000-123
                get 193005

        Instructs the mailserv program to ignore all lines following.


The following example query will send you one message with the help file
and a second message with all the search results.

        To:      mailserv at gdb.org

        search gdb-citation marfan
        search omim marfan


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