Worm Breeder's Gazette 13(5): 89 (February 1, 1995)
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(1) Department of Pure & Applied Biology and Department of Genetics, The University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK and (2) The Sanger Centre, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK. We want to start large scale collection of gene expression data for entry into ACEDB. First, this is part of the genetic description for C.elegans, and part of our understanding of this organism's development (arguably as important as a mutant phenotype). Second, an expression pattern can provide a valuable marker of differentiation and so this information should be conveniently accessible. A long term objective would be a series of images, or even a 4D image, for each expression pattern, but that requires considerable work. For now we are asking for simple text descriptions of expression patterns. These may be placed in ACEDB immediately and are also readily computer searchable. To facilitate entry of text descriptions into ACEDB we are introducing an email form, similar to those used for entry of conventional genetic data. This will help standardise this information within ACEDB. Our current proposal is as follows: - the first three fields are all required for each entry Author: - format "Hope IA" Date: - of data collection, format "2/95" Pattern: - informative text description, will take several lines - also one of the following is required In_situ: - name/brief description of probe Antibody: - name/brief description of antibody Reporter: - name/brief description of reporter construct - the following fields are each optional, but are important to fill - where appropriate because they provide links to other objects, as - well as further information. Reference: - preferred format "cgc1234", "wbg12.5p35" or "wm93p72"(CGC - bibliography, gazette or worm meeting), otherwise give - standard reference info Gene: - gene name, should be present in most cases Clone: - clone name Sequence: - e.g. EMBL/GenBank name, or genome project predicted genes - like ZK643.4 Cell: - specific cells/cell types identified Strain: - important if the pattern is not in a wild type strain The whole of your text description will be searchable using the text search option in ACEDB, so you should try to use informative key words in that. All the optional fields can be repeated multiple times, for example to indicate multiple cells or references. You can also add other field names for links to other types of object (preferably ACEDB classes). Multiple entries can be submitted in one email message, separated by blank lines. The text of this WBG article, together with additional information about how to submit data are available by email from Ian, email@example.com. Please also send suggestions for improvements to the form. In order to minimize the burden on Sylvia, expression pattern information should be sent to Ian, who will check that the entry is complete and consistent. He will then relay it to Sylvia for inclusion in ACEDB, following any possible communication about clarification/correction with the author.