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AgBase requests input from microarray users

If you are using cow or chicken microarrays–or intend to–you might want to participate in this survey from AgBase (described below). If you expect to need to use the databases, it is nice to help them out when they need input–it benefits you by influencing what they will focus on. This can aid your research later.

I’ll post the letter that came across the GO-Friends mailing list, which encouraged people to spread the word:

Hi All,

We are currently providing functional annotation (GO) for gene products represented on chicken & cow arrays. To prioritize our efforts, we would like know which arrays these communities are currently using.

You can help us by completing the polls found here: Chicken Array Usage

Bovine Array Usage http://doodle.ch/participation.html?pollId=ezwu46625934bzk4

These polls contain arrays in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) Database.
If the array you are using is not represented, please tell us by adding a comment underneath on the page.

(If you are uncomfortable with adding your name, please feel free to use initials or etc.)

Please help by passing this email on to your colleagues using arrays who are not members of this newsgroup.
Fiona McCarthy

Help them out if you have some thoughts on this. Spread the word if you know researchers in these fields who would benefit.

Dividends from the chicken genome

Gallus gallusJust saw on the GenomeWeb Daily News that: 

 “Researchers at Michigan State University, the University of Delaware, and Texas A&M worked with funding from the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service to identify individual genes that are linked to MDV, or Marek’s disease, a highly contagious viral disease that costs the worldwide poultry industry $1 billion per year.”

 It makes me very happy to see articles like this, for multiple reasons. First off, it is evidence that our expenditures for “a genome a day” actually do result in public benefit. I really hope the news media picks up this success story – we could use more public support for funding research. 

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