Worm Breeder's Gazette 8(3): 96
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I have written a program for the IBM PC that keeps track of nematode stocks. The current version allows a naive operator to 1) add, edit, or delete data on a strain; 2) obtain the complete listing on a strain identified by its strain name, allele name, gene name, or inhouse designation; 3) list (either on the screen or a printer) the collection by strain, Revco location, liquid nitrogen tank location; 4) list the lab's own strains or mutations; 5) list strains that contain particular genes or mutations or have particular phenotypes; 6) list the alleles of a gene (e.g. unc-3) or a series of genes (e.g. unc-3 to unc-17); and 7) list a subcollection of the data, i.e. it will give the strain, gene, and mutation names and the chromosome for each allele on an imputted list (e.g. stocks at 25 C). The program is written in dBASE II (version 2.4). Anyone who would like to use or play with this program is welcome to it. However, please do not write me for a copy. Mark Edgley at the stock center has generously consented to be the go-between in all of this. Mark says that $10 should cover the costs of copying the program and sending a diskette. We cannot, however, distribute copies of dBASE II; these have to be obtained elsewhere. The program is clearly not complete (e.g. as of yet there is no provision to easily get information on references that cite particular strains). People should use the program as a guide and feel free to modify it any way they wish. I would enjoy hearing about any improvements.