Worm Breeder's Gazette 12(5): 11 (February 1, 1993)

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Sharing Strain Lists by Gopher

Leon Avery[1], Bob Herman[2]

[1]Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center, Dallas, TX

[2]CGC, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

It would be useful if worm labs had access to each other's strain

lists. For instance, one lab may have put away in the freezer as

uninteresting a mutation that is just what a second lab wants.

Unfortunately, there have always been practical difficulties to

sharing strain lists: they change frequently, and there is no common


A new network program called Gopher (see contribution from Mike

Cherry on previous page of this WBG issue, which discusses the use

of Gopher in connection with accessing the ACEDB database) may be

the solution to these problems. Gopher sends an inquiry over the

Internet directly to the source, without the user having to know

about any messy details. The reply is current, and comes back as

text, so that format problems don't arise. Other kinds of information

(e.g., pictures) can also be made available.

To test the feasibility of Gopher for data sharing, we have set up

Gopher service at the CGC (elegans.cbs.umn.edu; IP address and the Avery lab (eatworms.swmed utexas.edu; IP

address By gopher to either of these addresses you

can get the CGC bibliography, strain list, WBG subscriber directory,

recent WBG tables of contents, Avery lab strain lists, pictures of

mutants, manuscripts in press, and (thanks to Mike Cherry at

Massachusetts General Hospital) access to ACEDB information.

Gopher is available for Macintosh, IBM-PC, Unix, and Xwindows by

anonymous ftp from boombox.micro.umn.edu ( If you

don't know how to get it, send e-mail to

leon@eatworms.swmed.utexas.edu and we will try to help. Also, we

would like to urge other labs to make data available by Gopher. If you

do, send us e-mail so you can be included in the CGC menu. If you

would like to make your strain lists available but don't know how,

send e-mail and we'll see if we can help with that.