SGD Newsletter, Summer 2022
About this newsletter:
This is the Summer 2022 issue of the 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 view this newsletter as well as previous newsletters on our Community Wiki.
- 1 Performance updates at SGD
- 2 Research Spotlights are back
- 3 Upcoming Yeast Genetics Meeting
- 4 Congratulations to Jeremy Thorner
- 5 SGD collaborates to add new data links
- 6 Micropublications enter log phase
- 7 Alliance of Genome Resources - Release 5.2
- 8 Upcoming Conferences and Courses
- 9 Gene Ontology Consortium Fall 2022
Performance updates at SGD
Thousands of SGD users run their data against SGD data every day and this can put a heavy load on servers. To improve performance, we have invested in dockerizing our full database so that loads can be better distributed in real time. We are currently at the stage of testing the front end of our software to look for bugs, which we do for every update. The next phase will entail dockerizing and testing the back end, so we can improve our data uploads.
We hope to see improved performance for you, our users. And if you happen to notice faster speeds or fewer hiccups…we’d be quite glad to hear about it! (A message to the SGD Helpdesk reaches us all.)
Research Spotlights are back
The back end of SGD involves “triaging” all the papers that come out each week to find those that add value to our database. In the process, we are continually impressed by the quality of the research done in yeast and we decided it was time to bring back the “Research Spotlight” as a post that appears on the SGD home page in the "New and Noteworthy" section.
The goal is to highlight interesting new work that either continues an ongoing story, makes a twist in the story we all thought we knew (such as an unexpected side gig for a protein), or offers a new technique or perspective for mining the most value from the yeast model. There are numerous intriguing papers in yeast, including those shedding light on human disease by dissecting the cellular biology in yeast, using our remarkable tools, so as to identify new targets or drugs for humans.
As the model organism databases move toward forming the Alliance of Genome Resources, which will streamline and integrate our combined data, we expect this power to make useful connections will only grow.
Upcoming Yeast Genetics Meeting
We may have forgotten how to talk to other people in person, but the Yeast Genetics Meeting is going to give us a chance to practice. The meeting will be held in person for the first time in four years at UCLA, from August 17-21. We hope to see you there!
Of course, it being the COVID era, you can also register to attend virtually, and the cost will not be higher for late registration.
A big congratulations to the award recipients who are the invited speakers for 2022. Tom Petes is receiving the YGM Lifetime Achievement Award, Trisha Davis is giving the Winge-Lindegren Address, Maya Schuldiner is receiving the Ira Herskowitz Award, and Michael Desai is giving the Lee Hartwell Lecture. Learn more about these researchers and their work at the YGM website.
Congratulations to Jeremy Thorner
While on the subject of congratulations, a past recipient of the YGM Lifetime Achievement Award and a longtime friend and advisor of SGD has been further honored with a full issue of the journal Biomolecules dedicated to his work. Special Issue: Transmembrane and Intracellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Jeremy Thorner
We are grateful to have Dr. Thorner’s work integrated into the SGD database and into our wider community’s ongoing mission to understand yeast.
On the topic of integration, SGD is happy to integrate new data sets that add value to the database. We have the ability to incorporate these datasets directly from research groups, rather than from publications. Most recently we integrated the AlphaFold predicted 3D structures for complexes as links on the SGD Interaction and Protein pages. It is now possible to look for your own proteins or complexes of interest and go straight to the predicted structure.
Another recent example is the [Shuldiner analog yeast] - can anyone flesh this out?
We are open to more of this collaboration and would be glad to hear from community members who think they have data useful to other researchers. Get in touch!
Micropublications enter log phase
We are seeing a strong set of micropublications come through the database and are glad for this venue to publish small but useful findings. Consider MicroPubublications when you have a result that will be of value to others but doesn't belong with a larger story.
For a list of micropubs in SGD.
Alliance of Genome Resources - Release 5.2
- The Alliance is now using the latest version of the DRSC Integrative Ortholog Prediction Tool (DIOPT): Version 9. This version includes a data refresh from all orthology sources, the addition of the SonicParanoid algorithm, and the removal of both TreeFam and RoundUp data sources.
- Much of this release focused on back-end enhancements, particularly the continued efforts to develop software to provide a single interface for Alliance curators from all the Model Organism Databases (MODs). This single interface will reduce software development redundancies and free up resources for new features. Future releases will continue to add more modules for entering different data types.
Upcoming Conferences and Courses
- Yeast Genetics & Genomics - modern and intensive laboratory course that teaches students the full repertoire of genetic and genomic approaches needed to dissect complex problems using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
- July 26 - August 15, 2022
- Yeast Genetics Meeting - the premier meeting for students, postdoctoral scholars, research staff, and principal investigators studying various aspects of eukaryotic biology in yeast
- University of California, Los Angeles
- August 17 – 21, 2022
Gene Ontology Consortium Fall 2022
[Suzi says it won't be a user meeting so we could probably wait until the Fall newsletter to report out on what happened]
From October 12-14??, SGD biocurators will attend the Gene Ontology Consortium's Fall Meeting with participants from around the world. The goal of these meetings is to bring together data scientists with diverse backgrounds (curators, programmers, etc.) for lively discussions regarding how to better capture, curate, analyze, and serve data to researchers, educators, students, and other life science professionals. Our goal in participating in these meetings each year is to find ways to make SGD even better for you!
Discussion topics included, but are not limited to: