Worm Breeder's Gazette 14(2): 19 (February 1, 1996)
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It has been suggested to me that members of the worm community would find a directory of other members' interests useful. If someone were to venture into embryonic development for the first time, they could search for people ("Author" in ACeDB) with keywords such as embryo or gastrulation under their name in ACeDB. Contacting those people, via e-mail or phone, could reduce hours of fruitless effort for the beginner. The newsgroup serves a useful related purpose but does not provide a permanent directory, cross-referenced into bibliography and genetics. Authors could also attach specific genes to their records. This would signal that they hold a significant amount of knowledge about this gene, also strains and mutations. (It should NOT constitute a warning to others to "keep off" that gene). Other possibilities include keywords to define recipes, lab. protocols, instrumentation techniques such as electron-microscopy, or other technical tips. It is not planned to hold lab. protocols in ACeDB at this stage, merely to attach their names to people as useful markers. For this system to work, I need authors in ACeDb to send me a short list (say upto 10) of keywords. I attach a few examples to stimulate ideas : Ratna Shownkeen : clone finger-printing, restriction analysis. Alan Coulson : physical mapping, DNA sequencing, curation of C.elegans clone stocks, clone filter grids. Jonathan Hodgkin : genetics, development, sex determination, cgc gene curation, genetic nomenclature. Bob Goldstein : embryology, axis-specification, evolution of development, video-microscopy. Iain Johnstone : cuticle, moulting, hypodermal development, rtPCR, gene expression. Suggestions or comments, please, to firstname.lastname@example.org Would authors also check their current entries for correctness.