A new version of the Drosophila White Paper is now available for public comment.
The first Drosophila White Paper was written in 1999.
Revisions were made in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
The 2009 version is available at:
Here the Drosophila Board of Directors presents an updated White Paper
identifying and prioritizing current and future needs of
the Drosophila research community.
This draft was prepared by the Board and will be modified
according to feedback received from community.
We invite your participation in identifying and prioritizing resources that benefit our entire community. Please post comments on this topic on the FlyBase forum, http://flybase.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=270 , by July 7, 2012.
The Drosophila Board has released the Reports on Community Resources and Projects from the 2012 Board meeting agenda. A link to a PDF of this report has been added to the 'Fly Board' page on our website. (A link to the Fly Board page can be found under the News menu.)
You can also access this report here.
Would you like to learn how to efficiently use FlyBase for your daily research needs? If so, please click over to the 2012 NAR Database Issue and read our article "FlyBase 101 - the basics of navigating FlyBase".
Peter McQuilton, Susan E. St. Pierre, Jim Thurmond, and the FlyBase Consortium
FlyBase 101 – the basics of navigating FlyBase.
Nucleic Acids Research (2011) 39:21; doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr1030
FlyBase 2012 Release Schedule
The following are the tentative dates of FlyBase releases in 2012. There will be 6 releases this year.
- FB2012_01 - January 20th
- FB2012_02 - March 2nd
- FB2012_03 - May 4th
- FB2012_04 - July 6th
- FB2012_05 - September 7th
- FB2012_06 - November 2nd
Please feel free to Contact us with any questions or comments.
The following is a reproduction of an announcement by Developmental Dynamics:
Call for Papers for a Special Issue in DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS on “Drosophila as a Model for Understanding Development and Disease”
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a Special Issue of Developmental Dynamics celebrating the importance of research on Drosophila in development and disease. The issue will be guest-edited by Ken Irvine (irvinewaksman.rutgers.edu), Rutgers University, and Amit Singh (amit.singhnotes.udayton.edu ), University of Dayton.
Drosophila investigators are invited to submit papers to Developmental Dynamics for a special issue of the journal to be published in late 2011 or early 2012. Papers should be submitted no later than June 15, 2011, for consideration for the special issue. Research articles exploring mechanisms of development, Technique articles describing new techniques of broad impact, or Disease Connection articles describing novel models/preparations/approaches for understanding the developmental basis of disease are welcomed. Ideas for appropriate Reviews articles are also encouraged (contact the Reviews Editor, John F. Fallon: jffallonwisc.edu). All articles undergo thorough peer review to determine their merits for publication.
Developmental Dynamics is committed to publishing papers of central importance to the developmental biology community. All special issue articles are open access immediately upon publication, allowing your work to be disseminated widely throughout the scientific community. There are no page or color charges, and Developmental Dynamics is fully compliant with the open access policies of NIH, HHMI, and the Wellcome Trust.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dvdy-wiley
Author Guidelines can be found at:
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Gary C. Schoenwolf, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Developmental Dynamics
We sadly announce that Dr. Victoria Finnerty, Professor of Biology at Emory University, has passed away at the age of 73. She remained a fully active faculty member until the end of last year. She was in Chicago with her son and his family during the last few months. After her graduate and postdoctoral studies with Art Chovnick at the University of Connecticut, Vickie came to Emory in 1976 where she maintained an active lab throughout her career. Her early seminal work focused on the use of high resolution recombinational analysis of the maroon-like gene to understand gene structure in Drosophila. Her interests then shifted to understanding the molecular function of the maroon-like gene in the production of a molybdenum-containing cofactor required for the activity of xanthine dehydrogenase (rosy) and other enzymes. Vickie was well-known as a gifted teacher and mentor, and during the last several years of her career she focused most of her efforts on undergraduate education in the Emory Biology Department. Her kindness, warmth, dedication and even-tempered manner will be greatly missed by her many friends in the Drosophila community. She was loved by all who knew her.
Barry Yedvobnick, Janis O'Donnell & Bill Gelbart
FlyBase is pleased to note the publication on December 22, 2010 of an extremely important set of papers from the modENCODE project, including two integrative papers (one on Drosophila melanogaster and the other on Caenorhabditis elegans DNA elements) as well as a series of companion papers. The complete list of papers is available through the modENCODE website (http://blog.modencode.org/papers) and the major impact of the work is summarized in a press release from NHGRI (http://www.genome.gov/27542795).
On behalf of the Drosophila research community, we wish to acknowledge and thank NHGRI for its generous support of this major community resource project. FlyBase is in the process of working with the modENCODE project to incorporate the summary results of these studies into FlyBase. As data sets are incorporated, we will post notices describing the new data on FlyBase.
FlyBase 2011 Release Schedule
The following are the tentative dates of FlyBase releases in 2011. There will be 10 releases this year with no releases in August and December.
- FB2011_01 - January 21st
- FB2011_02 - February 18th
- FB2011_03 -
March 18thMarch 21st
- FB2011_04 - April 22nd
- FB2011_05 - May 27th
- FB2011_06 - June 24th
- FB2011_07 - July 22nd
- FB2011_08 - September 2nd
- FB2011_09 -
October 7thOctober 10th
- FB2011_10 -
November 11thNovember 18th
Please feel free to Contact us with any questions or comments.
From this point forward FlyBase will be providing Apollo viewable annotation data in chado-xml format only. The latest version of Apollo has been modified to retrieve annotation data via the web in this format. Therefore, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest available version of Apollo
We will no longer provide annotation data in GAME-XML format and while Apollo is still able to load and view existing GAME-XML data the data files must be available on the local machine as web retrieval of GAME files is no longer supported.
Please be aware that when Apollo is retrieving annotation data from the web it is obtaining precomputed chunks of xml. While the pieces have been generated to not span any gene models retrieval by sequence range may not result in the exact sequence requested being loaded into Apollo.
Please use the contact FlyBase form to send questions and requests for help to FlyBase.
FlyBase offers direct "linkouts" from our gene report pages to other web-based Drosophila data services. The FlyBase Consortium wishes to thank the organizers and developers of these data sets for helping us provide a great deal of valuable information on Drosophila genes and genomes.
- BDGP in situ Gene Expression Database (http://toy.lbl.gov:8888/cgi-bin/ex/insitu.pl)
- Drosophila melanogaster Exon Database (http://proline.bic.nus.edu.sg/dedb/index.html)
- Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (http://www.flyrnai.org/)
- FLIGHT - Integrating Genomic and High-Throughput data (http://flight.licr.org/)
- Fly GRID Interaction Data (http://biodata.mshri.on.ca:80/fly_grid/servlet/SearchPage)
- FlyMine - integrated genomics and proteomics (http://www.flymine.org/)
- NCBI Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/geo/)
- Heidelberg Database for RNAi Phenotypes (http://www.dkfz-heidelberg.de/signaling/ernai/ernai.html)
- Hybrigenics Drosophila PIMRider (http://pim.hybrigenics.com/pimriderext/droso/index.html)
- Yale Developmental Gene Expression (http://genome.med.yale.edu/Lifecycle/)
- InParanoid computed orthology calls (http://inparanoid.cgb.ki.se/index.html)
- PANTHER ClassificationSystem (http://www.pantherdb.org/)
In addition to these links FlyBase also provide direct links to the Drosophila records in the major international nucleotide, protein and bibliographic databases.