Worm Breeder's Gazette 11(5): 9

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The CGC Catalog

Mark Edgley

The CGC produces several different kinds of reference material for C.
elegans researchers in addition to providing nematode strains.  The 
following list describes the various items, the formats in which they 
are available and the date of the last version.  Text files on 
computer diskettes are organized very simply and can easily be used 
with dBase and word processor programs on a variety of microcomputers (
IBM-compatibles and Macintosh).  The information in the computer files 
is updated weekly or monthly.  Paper lists typically order information 
in a way that reduces the need to have it on a computer and they are 
updated annually or biannually.
All items are available on request.  Letters on departmental 
letterhead should be addressed to Mark Edgley at the CGC (see address 
in the subscriber list at the back of this issue).  Requests for 
computer text files must be accompanied by appropriate blank diskettes 
and information about the system and programs with which the data will 
be used (call Mark to find out the current size of each file).  All 
disk files come with a description of data organization and some brief 
instructions for use.  Paper lists may temporarily be unavailable if 
we have run out of copies and an update is in process.
Strain List:  All strains available from the CGC, giving strain name 
and genotype.  The paper version is automatically sent to every 
laboratory with CGC strain and allele designations.  It contains 
strains in order by genotype and the disk version contains them in 
order by strain name.  Last paper version: September, 1990.  Updates 
appear regularly in the WBG.
Bibliography:  All articles and book chapters on C.  elegans and C.  
briggsae from 1866 through the present.  The paper version (also 
automatically sent to all CGC labs) comes in two parts.  The first 
covers 1866 through 1985 and the second covers everything since 1985.  
The first part is not updated, but the smaller second part is updated 
biannually.  When the second part is as large as the first, a single 
list will again be generated.  Each part is composed of three 
sections: (1) the complete list in order by first author; (2) an 
abbreviated list in order by CGC key number; and (3) articles grouped 
by keyword.  The disk version contains articles in order by key number,
first author or journal (specify when you ask for it; the default is 
key number order).  Last paper version: February, 1986 (Part 1); 
September, 1990 (Part II).  Updates appear regularly in the WBG.  
HyperCard and FileMaker versions are available for use on Macintosh 
computers.  An Endnote version is in the works.
Map Data:  All genetic mapping crosses considered in generating the 
C.  elegans genetic map.  A full printout of the paper version is 
being put together now for mailing in January to people already on my 
request list (write to me if you think you're not on the list and you 
really need a copy).  The list will contain data being used for 
preparation of the May, 1991 map in addition to all that has gone 
before.  It is in three sections:  (1) Two-factor distance data; (2) 
deficiency/duplication complementation data; and (3) multi-factor 
ordering data.  In each section, the entries are ordered by gene or 
rearrangement name.  The disk version contains entries in order by 
cross number.  Last paper version: June, 1988 update.  The disk files 
are updated during each map revision and are available shortly after 
the revision is published.
Map Drawing:  The computer drawing files for all genetic map 
sections are available for use on your own system.  The drawing is 
produced using the program 'Designer' (Micrografx, Inc., Richardson, 
Texas), which runs under Microsoft Windows on IBM-compatible 
microcomputers, with the sections formatted for printing on an Apple 
LaserWriter Plus (other printers may not have available the line 
widths and fonts we use).  You have to supply your own copy of 
Designer or other program that can read its drawing files.  Conversion 
programs are available from Micrografx to make the drawings usable in 
Autocad, PageMaker, Harvard Graphics, Ventura Publisher, Freelance, 
Draw Plus, Graph Plus, WordPerfect and PC Paintbrush.  These 
conversions are not perfect; some print attributes and image 
definition may be lost in translation and some programs do not allow 
editing.  Generally, the more sophisticated the program, the better 
the quality of the converted image.
WBG Subscribers:  The complete list of subscribers with addresses, 
phone numbers, FAX numbers and BITNET addresses is printed in the 
first issue of each volume of the Gazette and in subsequent issues as 
space allows.  At the very least, updates appear in each subsequent 
issue.  The list is available as a computer disk file with the entries 
in order by last name.
WBG Tables of Contents:  The Tables of Contents of all WBG issues (
back to the first one) are available on diskette as simple text files. 
The entries include titles, authors, volume and issue numbers and 
page numbers.
Tables of Contents from the Worm Meeting abstract books:  A 
FileMaker version of these Tables of Contents are available for the 
Films:  The CGC owns two short 16mm films on C.  elegans that are 
available for loan.  The first is the Encyclopaedia Britannica film 
'Nematode', an 11-minute introduction to worm behavior and mutants 
using dictionary entries, music and toys for illustration.  The second 
is 'Embryonic Development of the Nematode Caenorhabditis 
nstitut f r den Wissenschaftlichen Film, also 
about 11-minutes long.  It is narrated time-lapse Nomarski photography 
of a developing embryo from fertilization through hatching, with a 
computer reconstruction of the embryo that rotates about its 
longitudinal axis to show relative positions of the nuclei.  Requests 
should be made well in advance of the date you want the films (one 
month is good), and it's a good idea to call first to make sure they 
are not already out on loan.