FlyBase announces a major new release of the Drosophila database.
The updated database contains information about more than 38,000 alleles
of more than 11,000 genes. More than 650 of the gene reports now include
links to reports about expression patterns and other information for
proteins and transcripts associated with the gene. FlyBase contains
descriptions of over 13,300 chromosomal aberrations, as well as molecular
maps and information about more that 2,000 molecular constructs,
including more than 1,000 transposons. The FlyBase bibliography of
publications about Drosophila now contains more than 81,000 listings,
many with links to the genes and aberrations they discuss.
FlyBase has enhanced reports retrieved from gene searches in two ways, to
help you navigate through the data. Firstly, the list of alleles for
each gene has been subdivided into "classical" and "in vitro". Secondly,
the list of references for each gene has been subdivided into "Primary"
"Review" and "Abstract".
FlyBase has recently announced the inclusion of drafts of automatically
generated gene location maps in the Map directory. These data are now
also incorporated in the individual gene reports, and are used as the
basis for our other map-based searches. Information concerning P and
H-element transposon constructs is being expanded to include annotated
maps for the most commonly used constructs. Annotated maps for commonly
used cell culture vectors are also available. A listing of all
constructs with annotated maps is available through TransposonSearch; a
specific map can be accessed through the relevant construct report.
The final versions of the gene-order map and the new annotated maps will
be published as parts of two FlyBase edited DIS volumes, DIS 78 and 79,
within a few months. In the meanwhile we would be very appreciative of
reports from those who detect errors in the map data that are presented.
Please send your corrections in a form suitable for use as a personal
communication by email to flybase-updates at morgan.harvard.edu. Please
submit these as soon as possible so that corrections can be reflected in
the DIS publication. Ordering and pricing information for DIS 78-79 are
not yet available, but will be announced here when available in late
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This service has recently moved to a new machine with higher capacity,
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