09 September, 2010

A.mel vs A.mel

Ensembl is already working on the forthcoming release (e60!). The declaration of intentions have been published and include the new Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) genome.

While I was looking at the alignments we are planing to release, I saw the H.sap-A.mel LASTZ-net alignments. Hey! I thought we banned Apis mellifera from Ensembl long time ago.

Then I realised that the scientific names of both the honey bee and the giant panda start with the same letters. So, don't get confused, one of them eats flowers and makes honey, while the other one eats bamboo and makes very nice teddies!


Anonymous said...

Where can I find this declaration of intentions you speak of? It's always nice to know what new species might be coming out soon, as those you list in your roadmap have no fixed timeline.

Number Six said...

Why was Apis mellifera "banned" from Ensembl?

Just wondering what the reasoning was.

Javier Herrero said...

This happened 4 years ago, in release 39. As in Ensembl we focus on the annotation of the vertebrate genomes, it doesn't make much sense for us to spend our resources on the analysis of the honeybee genome.

Here is the announcement we made at that time:

"The Apis mellifera genome has been removed from Ensembl release 39, as the data is out-of-date and there are no plans to create a new genebuild. If you are interested in this species, please try the Honeybee Genome Project at the Baylor College of Medicine and BeeBase (Texas A&M University)."

Ensembl Helpdesk (Giulietta) said...

The roadmap will show a timeline if we have one. The current species and builds don't have a definitive release date. More specific information on coming species and data is released in the Declarations of Intentions on the ensembl-announce mailing list. Consider subscribing: have a look here to do so.