Drosophila Information Newsletter Vol. 11

Kathy Matthews matthewk at fly.bio.indiana.edu
Thu Jul 1 15:14:31 EST 1993

                     Volume 11, July 1993 
     The Drosophila Information Newsletter has been established 
with the hope of providing a timely forum for informal 
communication among Drosophila workers. The Newsletter will be 
published quarterly and distributed electronically, free of 
charge. We will try to strike a balance between maximizing the 
useful information included and keeping the format short; 
priority will be given to genetic and technical information. 
Brevity is essential. If a more lengthy communication is felt to 
be of value, the material should be summarized and an address 
made available for interested individuals to request more 
information. Submitted material will be edited for brevity and 
arranged into each issue. Research reports, lengthy items that 
cannot be effectively summarized, and material that requires 
illustration for clarity should be sent directly to Jim Thompson 
(THOMPSON at AARDVARK.UCS.UOKNOR.EDU) for publication in DIS. 
Materials appearing in the Newsletter will be reprinted in DIS. 
Back issues of DIN are available from FlyBase in the directory 
flybase/news or in News/ when accessing FlyBase with Gopher. 
Material appearing in the Newsletter may be cited unless 
specifically noted otherwise.  
     Material for publication should be submitted by e-mail. 
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will only succeed if a broad segment of the community 
participates. If you have information that would be useful to 
your colleagues, please take the time to pass it along. 
The editors: 
Carl Thummel                            Kathy Matthews 
Dept. of Human Genetics                 Dept. of Biology 
Eccles Institute - Bldg. 533            Indiana University 
University of Utah                      Bloomington, IN 47405 
Salt Lake City, UT 84112                812-855-5782; FAX/2577 
801-581-2937; FAX/5374                  MATTHEWK at INDIANA.EDU 
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                  DIN Vol. 11 TABLE OF CONTENTS 
     >Introduction to Drosophila Information Newsletter 
     >How to subscribe to the Newsletter 
     >1994 National Drosophila Conference 
     >Recent additions to FlyBase 
     >Bloomington Stock Center News   
     >Inserts or lethals in 17AB 
     >ms(2)E8 and ms(2)E9 
     >Documents for Drosophila thesaurus 
     >DIS 1-33 
     >Chromosome 3 homozygous-by-descent lines 
     >Double-sided sticky tape for embryo injections 
     >Cryopreservation of Drosophila embryos 
     >Materials from the Drosophila Genome Center 
     >Updates and corrections to the Redbook 
     The 1994 National Drosophila Conference will be held April 
20-24, 1994 in Chicago, Illinois. Victoria Finnerty, Emery 
University, is the meeting organizer. Send suggestions for the 
1994 conference format to VICTORIA at BIOLOGY.EMERY.EDU. 
     *A major new FlyBase product has been released to the 
FlyBase server at Indiana, and is available either by Gopher (in 
Flybase/References) or by ftp (in flybase/refs directory). It is 
a unified list of publications concerning Drosophila. Drawn from 
a variety of sources (described in references-sources.txt) it 
includes 51552 entries, from 1684 to 1993. All are full 
references with as complete bibliographic information as is 
     You can search this reference list via Gopher. The reference 
file is available in a few formats including refer, as readable 
by many bibliographic programs including Endnote, Pro-Cite and 
Refer, and comma-separated-values (csv) as used by many 
spreadsheet and database programs. 
     It is impossible that this file is either 'complete' or free 
of errors. Mail flybase-refs at morgan.harvard.edu with additions 
and corrections. 
     * The stock list of the National Drosophila Species Resource 
Center at Bowling Green is now available on FlyBase. Three 
versions of the list are posted: 1) species-center.rtf contains 
the center's catalogue in rich text format, which retains 
formatting information from the original word-processing file 
provided by the stock center. If you have a word processing 
program that handles rtf you can print a copy of the center's 
catalogue from this file; 2) species-center.txt is a 
database/spreadsheet format file; 3) species-center.rpt is a file 
in report format more easily read by humans than the txt file 
(when searching the stock list with gopher, information from this 
report file is returned). See the document species-center.doc for 
further information about the species stock center and these 
files. All of these files are in the directory 
     *The Bloomington Stock Center will be closed the week of 
September 13, 1993. Requests received by noon CDT on September 9 
will be shipped as usual on the 13th. Orders placed between noon 
on the 9th and noon on the 23rd will be shipped on September 27. 
Please plan accordingly.  
     *Second chromosome lethal P-inserted stocks from the 
Drosophila Genome Center will soon be available. Third chromosome 
inserts should be available sometime this fall. Less well 
characterized insertion strains or those containing less 
versatile constructs will be discarded at some point in favor of 
the new stocks. Individuals who contributed the stocks will be 
notified personally before stocks are discarded and a list of all 
stocks to be discarded will be posted on the BIOSCI/Bionet 
Drosophila newsgroup (see DIN Vol. 10) six weeks before stocks 
are to be discarded. Discard lists will also be posted on FlyBase 
in the file stock-center-news.doc in the directory 
flybase/stocks/stock-centers/bloomington. If you would like to 
receive a copy of stocks on the discard list please order them as 
soon as possible after the list is made public.  
     *HAVE YOU MOVED? If you have a new mailing address please 
EXPLICITLY state this when you order stocks, or let Kathy know as 
soon as you move so our files can be updated. Address labels are 
generated by computer from our master address file and are not 
checked individually against each order. Flies sent to the wrong 
address create delays for you and extra work for us so please 
help us keep our records current.  
                     REQUESTS FOR MATERIALS 
Lee Fradkin, Nusse Lab, HHMI, CMGM B269, Stanford Medical Center, 
Stanford, CA 94305. FRADKIN at CMGM.STANFORD.EDU. 
        We would appreciate strains or information about strains 
with enhancer traps or lethals that map to the 17AB region. 
Rob Jackson, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, 222 
Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545. JACKSON at SCI.WFEB.EDU. 
     I'm looking for Df(3L)Mg27 produced by Mglinetz. I would 
appreciate hearing from anyone who has this deficiency or knows 
of its whereabouts.  
Peter Clyne, Dept. of Biology, Yale U., PO Box 6666, New Haven CT 
06511, USA. 203-432-3542, Fax/5631, DRONGO at VENUS.CIS.YALE.EDU 
     I am seeking ms(2)E8 and ms(2)E9 flies which were first 
isolated by Edmonson in 1951. Both flies and information about 
whom to contact directly for the flies would be deeply 
appreciated. Thank you. 
Joanne Martinez, U. of Arizona School of Library Science/Dept. 
Management Information Systems. JPMARTIN at CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU 
     Our group is developing an automatic thesaurus for the 
Drosophila research community. We are gathering "object filters" 
(gene names, protein function names, researcher names, technique 
names, subjects and other keywords), as well as full text 
electronic documents for cluster analysis (semantic 
relationships). The flybase and online Redbook have been very 
helpful for the former, but we need more electronic full text 
documents for determining relationships between words. 
     I ask your assistance in providing us with a wide range of 
full text documents in *electronic* format, particularly 
abstracts and review-type articles. This is important, so that 
the terms in our thesaurus are as rich as possible, i.e. that the 
thesaurus covers as much of the terminology used in Drosophila 
research as possible. 
     The documents will *not* be used for their intellectual 
content, so there is no problem with copyright. We are only 
interested in the terms and their relationships to one another.  
The documents will be erased once we have extracted the objects 
and conducted the cluster analysis.  
Please send whatever files you can to: jpmartin at ccit.arizona.edu 
     Thank you very much. 
Kathy Matthews, Dept. of Biology, Indiana U., Bloomington, IN 
47401. 812-855-5782, FAX/2577, MATTHEWK at INDIANA.EDU 
     The Bloomington Stock Center would like to obtain a complete 
set of Drosophila Information Service. We have all volumes from 
number 34 to the present. If you h

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