Like shooting catfish genomes in a barrel
You know, when the catfish genome is complete, that will be a cool addition to our “Yet another Genome” posts (which I should make a regular series or some update somewhere). Till the genome is complete, you can view and analyze catfish genomic data at cBARBEL, reported in this weeks NAR advance access: Catfish Breeder And Researcher Bioinformatics Entry Location. Among other tools and schema, they use GBrowse (we do have a free tutorial to compare the data to the Zebrafish genome.
Mark this database (as with many others) as one whose acronyms were created to fit the name. Barbels are the whiskers on a catfish and cBARBEL stands for “Catfish Breeder and Researcher Bioinformatic Entry Location.” See, I was thinking more along the lines of “Catfish Breeder And Researcher Research Entry Location” or Catfish Barrel, but that is too culturally obscure and specific isn’t it? cBARBEL is good .
All kidding aside, it’s a great start to another agriculturally important model organism database.