SURVEY OF "Genes with experimentaslly-determined function"

Town, Christopher cdtown at
Tue Apr 6 08:58:26 EST 2004

Good morning all

As part of the process of tracking the progress and status of the 
goals of the NSF 2010 Project, we (the Bioinformatics Group of the 
Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee) would like to generate 
an up to date list of "Genes with experimentally determined function" 
where the function of a gene has actually been demonstrated by lab 
work rather than just inferred from homology or other in silico 
As things stand now, the count is ~550. However, extrapolating 
from what I heard at a meeting last Saturday, I suspect that it is 
really quite a bit larger than this as many of you pursue the 
functions of your favorite sets of genes.

So I'd appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to write me 
about genes that you know to have been functionally characterized, 
either by you, your colleagues or in the literature. We will merge 
all the information and share it with the community, of course.
The best format to send the information would be tab-delimited, 
either in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment with three fields 
per line:
AGI identifier <tab> Evidence <tab> Source of information <end of line>
where "Evidence" would be a phrase or sentece describing the type of 
experimental data and "Source of information" would be the name of 
the individual, the lab or the journal citation providing the 

Please include in your list both published and unpublished genes as 
it's not clear that everything in the literature has been captured at 
this point.

Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Chris Town
Associate Investigator
The Institute for Genomic Research
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