Alliance of Genome Resources Opens Door with Version 1.0 Release

The Alliance of Genome Resources (the Alliance) announces the release of the Alliance of Genome Resources website 1.0 – providing unified access to comparative genetics and genomics data from the Alliance data resources (www.alliancegenome.org). The Alliance brings together the efforts of the major National Institutes of Health NHGRI-funded Model Organism Database (MOD) groups, and the Gene Ontology Consortium, in a synergistic integration of expertly-curated information about the functioning of cellular systems. Our focus is to facilitate the use of these data towards better understanding of human biology and disease.

Created during the early days of the Human Genome Project, and in support of the major experimental models for human biology, the MODs currently included in the Alliance are the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), FlyBase, WormBase, Mouse Genome Database (MGD), Rat Genome Database (RGD), and Zebrafish Information Network (ZFIN).  In addition, the Alliance includes the Gene Ontology (GO) Consortium. Now these groups will merge key activities and data representations, coordinating data retrieval and analysis, within a comparative perspective. Other MODs and related resources will be added to the Alliance going forward.  

As part of this initial release, Alliance working groups have focused on the ability to easily access pages that summarize details of Genes and Diseases, with extensive representation of orthology data, and with access to multi-track JBrowse capabilities primarily for visualization of sequence data. Users recover gene details, functional information, and disease associations within a comparative perspective. As the integration of the MOD and GO teams progresses with inclusion of additional data, the vision going forward includes the incorporation of other model organism information resources and other bioinformatic nodes within a common data platform, facilitating data recovery, analysis, and integration.

Save the date: Annual French C. elegans Meeting

The 21st edition of Ver Midi will be held at the CIML, Marseille on Friday 26th January 2018, with Henrik Bringmann as invited speaker. It will be preceded by a workshop on high-throughput methods on the 25th, sponsored by Union Biometrica and TECAN.

The website for registration will open in November.

Please contact the organisers, Nathalie Pujol, Jonathan Ewbank or Vincent Bertrand if you wish to be added to the Ver Midi mailing list.

Come visit us at the IWM 2017!

WormBase has a number of activities planned at the IWM 2017 at UCLA. A plenary talk will give an overview about the exciting things that have been implemented or planned for WormBase.  Come to the WormBase workshop (Thursday, June 22, 1.00pm-2.30pm, Northwest Auditorium) to learn about data mining tools in WormBase, and how to contribute your data.  Come to the Micropublication booth (#102) to learn how to micropublish your unpublished data! WormBase staff will be present at the WormBase booth (#103) to answer any questions and to assist you with any queries you need help with.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions, comments and feedback! See you soon!

Call for gene expression data

Are you presenting gene expression data at the upcoming IWM? Do you have gene expression data you never published and you always wanted to? Publish them now! Fill out this form on WormBase and get credit for your work. It’s fast and easy. We will send your work out for review and if approved it will get a DOI and published right away so you can get cited! Visit www.micropublicationbiology.org to see some Micropublication examples. Submissions received before May 20th will have a chance to be featured in the Micropublication Booklet that will be distributed at Micropublication: biology, Knudra, Nemametrix, and WormBase booths at the IWM in June!”

The Worm Lab Project @ The WBG

Check out the The Worm Lab Project at the Worm Breeder’s Gazette that seeks to capture the rich history and scientific spirit of the C. elegans research community by publishing brief interviews with lab heads and principal investigators.

We invite all PIs/lab heads of laboratories registered with the CGC to take the Worm Lab Project interview! We will publish submissions on a rolling basis.