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From  Mon Jan  4 09:39:33 2016
From: "Hu, Zhiliang [AN S]" <>
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Subject: What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#1,
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:39:33 -0600

What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#1, 2016)

o Animal QTLdb updates:

  Announcing Release 28 of the Animal QTLdb.  A total of 6,622 new QTL/
  association data were curated into the database since the last release in
  August. This brings the total number of QTL/association in the database
  to 64,036 [Break down: Cattle: 42,019; Chicken: 5,196; Horse: 1,125;
  Pig: 14,479; Sheep: 1,090; Rainbow trout: 127] (New additions less
  obsolete ones:  Cattle: 5,326; Chicken: 520; Horse: 1; Pig: 521;
  Sheep: 254; Rainbow trout: 0). We thank Mirjam Frischknecht, Lichun He,
  and Ewa Sell-Kubiak for curating their data into the database.

  Recent developmental updates:

  (1) New information pages were set up to describe the steps needed to
  upload a large quantity of new QTL/association data. An important part
  of this information is a set of guidelines regarding the minimum
  Information required for preparation of new QTL/association data. Actual
  working examples will be added in the coming months.

  (2) A new plot tool for whole-genome view of QTL/association data was
  created. This is to overcome the space limitations of the current plot
  tool where all chromosomes were arranged in a panel with a fixed dimension
  (as such, the current whole genome plot only gave a brief overview of
  QTL/associations with a limited number of data allowed by the space).
  To use it, start from browing by traits, click on a "link out" icon by
  a trait name to go to "Find all QTL for this trait type" will do.
  Currently the new plot tool is linked from the current tool as an
  alternative. The new tool will be made the default, and more query/plot
  options will be implemented in the coming months.

  (3) A user input portal is added to the QTL/association view page. The
  purpose of this function is for users to add annotations or comments and
  report problems. Additional annotation data will aid future meta
  analysis; problem reports will help with our data quality control

  (4) A new curator tool has been added that makes it possible to review
  QTL/association data by traits, and to enter the same comments for
  multiple QTL/association data for the same trait. This decreases
  laborious repeats and improves data review.

  (5) A number of bugs in the curator/editor tools were found and fixed.
  This continued effort helps to ensure a streamlined data curation

  By the way, a new paper on recent developments in the Animal QTLdb will
  be published  in the Nucleic Acids Research 2016 Database Issue
  ("Developmental progress and current status of the Animal QTLdb";
  Please check it out for more details.


o New home for OMIA:

  Working with Dr. Frank Nicholas and Matthew Hobbs of the University of
  Sydney, we are in the process of migrating the Online Mendelian
  Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) database from its original University of
  Sydney site to Iowa State University. We expect the full migration to
  be completed in the coming months.

  URL: http://OMIA.AnimalGenome.ORG

o Livestock Breed Ontology (LBO):

  We have been developing a livestock breed ontology (LBO) which was first
  started as a utility for Animal QTLdb. A most recent copy of the LBO has
  been deposited in Bioportal.ORG, and also made available through AmiGO
  hosted on AnimalGenome.ORG.


o FAANG web site:

  We have recently developed a number of web modules to support the
  Research activities of the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes
  (FAANG) community in terms of organized working groups and activities,
  Grant application oriented collaborations and communications, improved
  membership management, etc. The functions/tools can be applied to other
  groups if such interest exists.


o The NAGRP Data/Tools Repository updates:

  New data were continually added to the NAGRP Host of Supplementary Data
  to Publications (from Mohamed Salem of Middle Tennessee State University;
  Michelle Mousel of USDA/Washington State University), and to the NAGRP
  VCF Data Repository (Julia Metzler/Joern Wrede from Institute of Animal
  Breeding and Genetics, Germany; Jessica Petersen/Samantha Brooks of
  University of Florida).


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reporting broken links or web errors on AnimalGenome.ORG.

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