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Development of Bioinformatic Resources to Transfer Biological Information Across Species

The Development of Bioinformatic Resources to Transfer Biological Information Across Species project is a collaborative project started at Iowa State University in 2008, involving the University of Iowa, the Rat Genome Database and Mouse Genome Informatics.  The project involves three main objectives.

  • the development of a dynamic comparative genome viewing tool.  Recently, the a first generation comparative map viewer was released for public use (http://bioneos.com/VCMap/).  With this tool, researchers can visualize genome differences between cattle, pigs, chicken, human, rat and mouse.  Additional features and species will be added in the future.  
  • the development of a vertebrate trait (VT) ontology, which seeks to define trait terms and document the relationship between terms.  It is envisioned that a first draft of the VT will be released in mid September.  
  • the curation of human and livestock QTL and genotype/phenotype associations.

Please see http://www.animalgenome.org/QTLdb/ for additional details.   



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