Dear Drosophila researcher,
It is time to cast your vote for new members of the National Drosophila Board of Directors. The Board plays an important role in the Drosophila research community, so please take a few moments to learn about the Board and participate in this election. The Board's duties include overseeing community resource centers and addressing other research and resource issues that affect the fly community. The Board also administers the finances for the annual North America Drosophila Research Conference and its associated awards, and it chooses the organizers and the site of the annual meeting. The Board consists of 13 regional representatives: 8 from the U.S. and one each from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/Oceania, and one representative for primarily undergraduate institutions, all of whom serve 3-year terms. The Board is led by three elected officers: a President, a President-Elect and a Treasurer. In addition, the Board has ex officio members that include past-Presidents, meeting organizers and representatives of the Drosophila community resource centers. For more information about the Board and summaries of the annual Board meetings see: http://flybase.org/wiki/FlyBase:Fly_Board.
This year we are electing the President-elect, who will serve as President starting with the fly meeting in 2017. We are also electing representatives for the Mid-Atlantic and California regions, and international representives for Asia, Europe, and Latin America, who will serve 3-year terms starting with the fly meeting in July 2016.
Please participate in this election! This is your opportunity to choose the individuals who will help set priorities and secure support for community resources. In order to record your vote please go to the following URL and follow the instructions on that page.
Please remember you may vote for candidates in ALL categories even though you do not reside in the region represented by the candidates. Balloting will end December 11th, 2015.
Drosophila Board Election Committee
Amy Bejsovec (Chair)
Insect Genetic Technologies
Research Coordination Network
Insect genome sequence data provide enormous insights into insect biology. Genetic technologies that enable genomes to be manipulated are critical for gaining a deep understanding of how genomes function.
On April 1, 2014 a five-year National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network focusing on Insect Genetic Technologies was begun. The public face and organizational node of the Insect Genetic Technology Research Coordination Network (IGTRCN) is the network's recently launched website – www.igtrcn.org.
The IGTRCN's goal is to connect research communities working on insects that have an abundance of genetic technologies and technical knowledge with others who have fewer technologies and less experience.
The IGTRCN will leverage the abundance of knowledge and technology already available against the needs of researchers working on insect systems with genome sequence data but few functional genomic technologies.
The IGTRCN will organize symposia, offer laboratory-based technical workshops, and fund peer-to-peer training fellowships, all of which are intended to enhance research capacity and encourage collaboration.
Reed's law asserts that the utility of large networks, particularly social networks, can scale exponentially with the size of the network. This is an exciting project that has the potential to significantly contribute to the study of insects.
This is an open network and students, postdocs, research associates, technicians, researchers and faculty at all career stages are welcome to become affiliated with the IGTRCN.
For more information visit www.igtrcn.org or David O'Brochta, dobrochtumd.edu, 240-314-6343
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.