Archive for the ‘GenBank’ Category

At the recent Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) workshop, George Garrity led discussions to review and produce a final version of the MIGS/MIMS checklist that will be included in the MIGS paper to be published in Nature Biotechnology in February 2008.

The revised version of the MIGS/MIMS checklist, together with comments recorded during the GSC workshop, are available via the GSC wiki at:


The MIGS/MIMS checklist document is available directly at:


Nature Biotechnology Journal home page:


Nature Biotechnology invited the scientific community to comment on the MIGS paper prior to publication. The community consultation page http://www.nature.com/nbt/consult/index.ht includes a link to the version of the MIGS paper made available for the community consultation:

Towards richer descriptions of our collection of genomes and metagenomes: the “Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence” (MIGS) specification (PDF 45K)

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Dawn Field and Susanna-Assunta Sansone guest edited a special issue of the journal OMICS on data standards as an output of the 2nd GSC workshop. There were 22 invited papers including 5 in the area of standardization of genomic data (See: Special_Issue_of_OMICS).
An overview of the issue and its goals is captured in the foreword: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/omi.2006.10.84
The entire issue was open source and many of the papers in the issue continue to be at the top of the most downloaded list: http://www.liebertonline.com/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=omi

Special issue of OMICS from the 5th GSC Workshop

Dawn Field and George Garrity have been asked by the OMICS Editor and Chief Eugene Kolker to produce a special issue of OMICS based on the 5th GSC Workshop. After guaging interest in this prior to the workshop, and in response to developments at the workshop, we are going to accept this invitation.We are now considering proposals from the participants of the 5th GSC workshop (and their colleagues) for contributions on several key topics of special interest to the GSC.

Further information:

GSC web site: http://gensc.org

Dawn Field : contact info

George Garrity : contact info

Susanna-Assunta Sansone : contact info

Eugene Kolker : contact info

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Further to the 5th Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) workshop, slides are available to download from the GSC wiki:

agenda and presentations

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James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix and developer of the Human Genome Project, was presented with the DNA sequence data from his personal genome at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston on May 31st 2007.

Photos of the event are on flickr: photos

From the press release:

The $1 million, two-month project is a collaboration of 454 Life Sciences and the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center, said Dr. Richard Gibbs, director of the HGSC and a scientific advisor to the Connecticut-based company. The announcement, aside from its meaning to Watson, is significant because it demonstrates that it will be possible in the future to sequence anyone’s genome – a goal toward which many sequencing firms are working. The time and cost will decrease as the technology improves.

A report on the project and a commentary on its ethical implications are scheduled to appear in the near future. The raw sequencing data was released today to the publicly available resource called GenBank National Center for Biotechnology Information Trace Archive


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