I see in databases "curated" or "not curated" for genes. What does that mean?
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"Curated" is mostly synonymous with "manually curated", which means that these genes have been experimentally validated. Most non-curated genes are just predicted by a software.
In Bioinformatics, the term "curated" indicates that the information has been validated either experimentally or using predictions from a software. Often the manually and experimentally curated sections are more dependable than the ones by software. When a gene is curated, it means certain desired information about the gene such as its location on the chromosome, its function, the proteins it encodes for are known.