SGD Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2010

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About this newsletter:

This is the January 2010 issue of the quarterly SGD newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to inform our users about new features in SGD and to foster communication within the yeast community. You can also subscribe to SGD's RSS feed to receive updates on SGD news:

Changes to files available from SGD

The following changes will be made to files available for download from SGD in February 2010:

  • All files available in will be obsoleted. This means that they will no longer be available to download.
  • The file will also be obsoleted. This means this file will no longer be available to download. For information regarding ORF qualifiers (Verified, Uncharacterized, Dubious), please use the already available file. Information regarding deleted or merged chromosomal features can be found in the new file (described below).
  • A new file called will be available from This file will list chromosomal features that have been deleted or merged. The format of the file is identical to the file.

New genetic interaction data file available for download from SGD

A large set of genetic interaction data from Costanzo et al., The Genetic Landscape of a Cell, Science 327: 425-431 (2010) is available for download from SGD's Download Data Files page and will be available via the web interface in the future. This study presents 74,984 genetic interactions, comprising a functional map of the cell. Thanks to the authors for providing their data to SGD. Costanzo et al. 2010: Download the data set from SGD:

Gene Ontology (GO) Reference Genome Annotations

What is it?

The goal of the Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) Reference Genome Annotation Project is to provide comprehensive sets of annotations for all gene products in 12 "reference genomes", which can be used to facilitate the study of human disease, and also to seed automatic inferencing for the annotation of newly-sequenced genomes. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the 12 reference genomes and SGD is actively involved in this annotation effort by providing annotations for yeast gene products.

GO Reference Genome Project:

Where can these annotations be viewed?

Annotations included as part of the Reference Genome Annotation Project can be viewed using the GOC's 'AmiGO' browser and search tool. The Homolog Sets page lists the genes in the various homolog families from the various organisms that have been annotated thus far, as well as the type of experimental evidence that supports the annotations for each gene. Various navigation options are available for viewing the annotations. Homolog Set Summary in AmiGO:

Sequence and Annotation Updates

SGD curators periodically update the systematic sequence and its annotation. Information regarding changes can be found via the Summary of Chromosome Sequence and Annotation Updates and in the "Locus History" pages of affected features. Files on the SGD FTP site are updated weekly. Between 2010-01-04 and 2010-01-05, two new ncRNAs (ICR1 and PWR1) were annotated on Chromosome IX, the annotation of ORF DIA2/YOR080W was changed, and the sequence of Chromosome XIV was changed, affecting the annotation of ORF SAL1/YNL083W.

Summary of Chromosome Sequence and Annotation Updates:

Locus History search:

New Gene Summary Paragraphs

Summary Paragraphs summarize published biological information for a gene/feature, and are designed to familiarize both yeast and non-yeast researchers with the general facts and important subtleties regarding a locus. During the last quarter new summary paragraphs have been added to their respective Locus Summary pages for 23 features.

Genes with new summary paragraphs are reported weekly on SGD's "What's New" page:

Upcoming Conferences and Meetings

Information on registration and abstract deadlines for the following conferences is available at:

  • 17th Annual Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting
Little Rock, Arkansas
March 12-14, 2010
  • Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
March 23-27, 2010
  • The Biology of Genomes
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
May 11-15, 2010
  • Genetics 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology
Boston, Massachusetts
June 12-15, 2010
  • EMBO Yeast Transcription Conference 2010
San Feliu de Guixols, Spain
June 19-24, 2010
  • Genetics of Industrial Microogransims
Melbourne, Austraila
June 28 - July 1, 2010
  • ISMB2010
18th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology
Boston, Massachusetts
July 11-13, 2010
  • MGED
13th Internation Meeting of the Microarray and Gene Expression Data Society
Boston, Massachusetts
July 13-15, 2010
  • Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting
Vancouver, Canada
July 27 - August 1, 2010
  • Society for Industrial Microbiology 60th Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California
August 1-5, 2010
  • Systems Biology: Networks
Hinxton, UK
August 11-15, 2010
  • Genome Informatics
Hinxton, UK
September 15-19, 2010
  • XV International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology
Olsztyn, Poland
July 11-16, 2011

asterisks indicate attendance by SGD.*

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