Worm Breeder's Gazette 11(5): 11
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Those who attended the 1989 C. elegans Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor may recall that we plan to transfer operation of the CGC to others at the end of our current contract, which is September 29,1992. Happily, the timing of our decision coincided with new developments in the use of computers to integrate genetic and molecular data with other information on the worm. With this in mind, we and the members of the CGC Advisory Committee proposed a plan at the meeting for the continuation of the various services that the CGC provides to the research community. Specifically, Bob Herman agreed to assume responsibility for the strain collection, and Jonathan Hodgkin agreed to assume responsibility for the genetic map. No plans were made for the maintenance of the bibliography compiled by the CGC, or for production of the Worm Breeder's Gazette. The NIH will release a 'request for proposals' to continue the CGC, and anyone may apply. However, we are pleased that at least one possible plan has emerged. Progress has been made since the meeting, mostly with regard to the genetic map. Jean Thierry-Mieg and Richard Durbin have been working on a program to integrate all the strain, bibliographic and genetic information collected by the CGC with the growing physical map database (see their article elsewhere in this issue). As we understand it, the program will eventually draw the genetic map directly from the data, and thus will be constantly updated as the physical map is now. Simultaneously, Bruce Schatz and Sam Ward have been developing an 'electronic community' system that will complement the Thierry-Mieg/Durbin system (Schatz et al., WBG Volume 11 #4, p. 6) . These exciting events place all of us on the threshold of a powerful new information age for the worm. We hope that the bibliography and the WBG will be handled as facets of the complete data management system. There is much to be accomplished over the next two years, since the details of the various transfers are yet to be worked out. We are continuing to improve the strain list documentation and the programs that deal with all the record-keeping. We hope to be able to move the strain collection to a new contractor sometime in the summer of 1992. Stay tuned! This should all be pretty entertaining.