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From  Mon Aug 31 20:18:32 2015
From: "Hu, Zhiliang [AN S]" <>
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Subject: What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#3,
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:18:32 -0500

What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#3, 2015)

o Animal QTLdb updates:

  Announcing Release 27 of the Animal QTLdb. Thanks to the diligent efforts
  of our curator Cari Park and others, an unprecedented number of 20,005
  new QTL/association data have been curated into the database since the
  last database release in April. The current total number of QTL in the
  database: 57,414 [Breakdown: Cattle: 36,693; Chicken: 4,676; Horse: 1,124;
  Pig: 13,958; Sheep: 836; Rainbow trout: 127] (New additions less obsolete
  ones: Cattle: 18,785; Chicken: 151; Horse: 106; Pig: 928; Sheep: 35;
  Rainbow trout: 0 -- Net QTL number increase: 20,005).

  We also wish to thank a number of volunteer curators for their input. They
  are Fernando Ariza from National University of Colombia-Bogota, Dorota
  Lewczuk from Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy
  of Sciences, and Andre Hidalgo from the Wageningen University. It's worth
  mentioning that six (6) new curators have signed up to enter data over the
  past 4 months. We look forward to their contributions.

  Since the last QTLdb release, the QTLdb curator tools have also undergone a
  number of improvements:

  (1) There is now a better review environment for private data, including
  an overall view of data from a report, and a special URL link and channels
  for external reviews of data (e.g., by journal editors/reviewers) prior to
  the public data release.

  (2) A companion tool has been created for curators to search officially
  published SNPs based on reported genome location. This allows curation of
  QTL/association data that was previously excluded from data entry due to
  lack of minimum required information for curation. Using official dbSNP
  IDs helps consistently anchor the map locations of reported QTL/association

  (3) It's now possible to enter QTL/association data using genome map
  coordinates if stable dbSNP identifiers are not available. Previously,
  the genome coordinates were imported based on official dbSNP information.
  We have now developed a method to record genome coordinates with build
  versions represented by chromosome RefSeq IDs.

  (4) Although all QTL/association data must be assigned to an existing trait
  ontology entry (VT/PT/CMO), curators can now include the reported trait
  names in the QTL record to allow retrospective review and improve future
  ontology development.


o The NAGRP Data/Tools Repository updates:

(1) New VCF files are added to the CVF file repository, which included

    - files from Mohammed Al Abri (Cornell University) and Samantha Brooks
    (University of Florida).

    - files from Jessica Petersen from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    and Mohammed Al Abri from Cornell University . This data set is part of
    their recent publication "The American Quarter Horse: Population
    structure and relationship to the Thoroughbred" in Journal of Heredity.


(2) A new pre-compiled CRI-MAP (version 2.5.07) for MacOSX-10.10.4 has been
    made available by Jill Maddox from Australia.


(3) Minor improvements have eliminated some bugs in the VCF Data Repository
    user tools.


(4) The user interface for the NAGRP File Sharing Platform has received a
    face lift to simplify user input.


o Miscellaneous:

  - The web site for Functional Annotation of ANimal Genomes (FAANG)
  consortium is continually improved/developed to maintain communication
  channels and working group structure and to facilitate collaborative
  interactions between members.


  - New items have been added to the AnGenMap FAQ: Who can post recruitment
  advertisements and why? Now the FAQ has 32 items.


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