Now Available: HGMD Professional 2021.3


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Now Available: HGMD Professional 2021.3

Improved performance, faster data download, and 340,000+ mutation entries

The Fall 2021 Release of the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) Professional is now available, expanding the world’s largest collection of human inherited disease mutations to 344,012 entries–that’s 20,351 more than the previous release.

For over 30 years, HGMD Professional has been used worldwide by researchers, clinicians, diagnostic laboratories and genetic counselors as an essential tool for the annotation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data in routine clinical and translational research. Founded and maintained by the Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University, HGMD Professional provides users with a unique resource containing expert-curated mutations all backed by peer-reviewed publications where there is evidence of clinical impact.

Whether searching for an overview of known mutations associated with a particular disease, interpreting clinical test results, looking for the likely causal mutation in a list of variants, or seeking to integrate mutation content into your custom NGS pipeline or data repository—HGMD is the defacto-standard repository for heritable mutations that can be adapted to a broad range of applications.


Solve more cases faster, with data you can trust

  • 344,012

    detailed mutation reports

  • 30,000+

    new mutation entries in 2020 alone

  • 11,000+

    summary reports listing all known
    inherited disease mutations


New features and improvements

  • Now you can automate the download of HGMD data files.  See the new Script Download on the Data Download page for details.
  • HGMD Professional 2021.3 offers new performance improvements, including adjustments to our firewall to enable faster data downloads.
  • In this release, “Repeat variants” and “Gross deletions” have been swapped in the statistics table, and a column has been added for prior release metrics.


Expert-curated content updated quarterly

HGMD is powered by a team of expert curators at Cardiff University. Data are collected weekly by a combination of manual and computerized search procedures. In excess of 250 journals are scanned for articles describing germline mutations causing human genetic disease. The required data are extracted from the original articles and augmented with the necessary supporting data.

The number of disease-associated germline mutations published per year has more than doubled in the past decade (Figure 1). As rare and novel genetic mutations continue to be uncovered, having access to the latest scientific evidence is critical for timely interpretations of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.

Figure 1. Mutation entries in HGMD Professional. The number of inherited disease-associated germline mutations published per year has more than doubled since 2010 (within 10 years).

View the complete HGMD Professional statistics here.


Live Webinar: October 21, 2021

How to streamline your variant classification workflow with HGMD Professional

Join us for a webinar on October, 21, 2021, as our experts will show you how HGMD Professional simplifies and streamlines variant classification in hereditary workflows.

Register here.


Discover the value of HGMD Professional

Read more about the importance of having access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive database for human disease mutations in our white paper.

HGMD Professional helps clinical testing labs analyze and annotate next-generation sequencing (NGS) data with current and trusted information. Unlike other mutation databases, HGMD mutations are all backed by peer-reviewed publications where there is evidence of clinical impact.

  • Mutation entries are manually curated and evaluated for consistency and accuracy
  • Mutation reports contain links to the original source for full transparency
  • 14,500+ publications cite HGMD

To get the most out of your HGMD Professional subscription, visit our Resources webpage for case studies, technical notes, and video tutorials.