The Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project (BDGP) and FlyBase announce the
first steps towards the complete integration of our public interfaces.
These steps include a new and up-to-date network replacement for the
Encyclopaedia of Drosophila, greatly enhanced access to Drosophila
Genome Project data, and extensive cross-links between the current
BDGP, EDGP and FlyBase home pages.
On 19-June-1998, the Berkeley Fly Database (BFD) replaced the
Encyclopaedia of Drosophila. This new database, developed by the BDGP
informatics group, represents one of the initial steps towards the
ultimate construction of an integrated Genome Projects-FlyBase
database. The current BFD database contains data from the Berkeley
Drosophila Genome Project, the European Drosophila Genome Project, and
genes and aberrations that FlyBase has curated from the literature.
In combination with the links to the existing FlyBase database it
represents a comprehensive collection that covers data from laboratory
All of the previous functionality of the old BDGP homepage remains,
although the organization of the links has changed somewhat. In
addition, new Java-based graphical displays have been added to allow
fully interactive views of the most up-to-date information on the
genome project (such as clones, P-element insertion lines and maps).
A simple query tool for searching the database has also been provided.
Finally, a new pattern search tool has been added to the sequence
analysis search set. This tool allows you to search a number of
sequence databases (including ESTs, Drosophila genomic, GenBank, and
more) using a regular expression that describes a short sequence
The FlyBase homepage has been modified to include direct links to data
sets stored in the BFD, such as ESTs and genomic sequence, as well
links to pages maintained by the European Drosophila Genome Project.