Xine Extra July 2010
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from John Wallingford
On the afternoon/evening of Sept. 16, immediately following the Xenopus Conference, we will convene a meeting of PIs to discuss the development of community-wide resources for Xenopus research. This meeting will be the starting point for producing the 2010 Xenopus White Paper, whic will be used to communicate the needs of Xenopus researchers to the NIH.
The 2009 Xenopus Community White Paper produced several tangible gains: The NIH has now 1) funded the Xenopus Resource Center at Woods Hole, 2) renewed investment in Xenbase, and 3) funded at least initial X. laevis sequencing efforts. That effort has also resulted in the building of a coalition that has now submitted a grant to support generation of a Xenopus ORFeome. It is essential now to produce an updated (2010) White Paper for the next set of Community Resources needed to further support Xenopus research in the coming decade.
The goal of this meeting will be to generate a list of priorities for the 2010 White Paper. This list will be then be distributed to the broader Xenopus community for comment before the White Paper is submitted.
We encourage any PIs who are interested in investing their time in this effort to join us for this important meeting. It is essential for the success of the 2010 White Paper that we involve all members of the Xenopus Community, reflected in the success of the 2009 White Paper. We hope that all of you can attend and provide critical input.
The meeting will be held at the Conference center and there is no cost to attend (though an extra night's accommodation is likely necessary). If you like to attend please send Mustafa Khokha (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>) an email to help us arrange logistics.
Sincerely, John Wallingford and Mustafa Khokha
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Links to useful sources of information for Xenopus (in no particular order)
general interest and utility
<http://www.nih.gov/science/models/xenopus/> Trans NIH Xenopus
<http://tropicalis.berkeley.edu/home/> - Harland lab X. tropicalis site
<http://faculty.virginia.edu/xtropicalis/> - Grainger lab X. tropicalis site
<http://tropmap.biology.uh.edu/> - Amy Sater's X. tropicalis genetic map
<https://list.mail.virginia.edu/mailman/listinfo/troplist> - Information on the
X. tropicalis listserver
<http://list.mail.virginia.edu/pipermail/troplist/> - Troplist archives.
Lots of good information here.
<http://www.xenbase.org/> - Peter Vize's Xenopus über database
<http://www.nimr.mrc.ac.uk/devbiol/zimmerman/> - Zimmerman Lab
X. tropicalis website, database of mutants
<http://xenopus.nibb.ac.jp/> - XDB at NIBB - Naoto Ueno's
X. laevis EST database <http://xgc.nci.nih.gov/> - Xenopus gene collection
<http://informatics.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/online/xt-fl-db.html> - full length
collection at the Gurdon Institute
<http://genome.jgi-psf.org/Xentr4/Xentr4.home.html> - JGI X. tropicalis
genome site with browser and other info
AXELDB - Christof Niehrs' Xenopus database
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