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October 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 18)

Silkworm Genome Research Program

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Move over, C. elegans! Another worm is coming to town! Say hello to the silkworm, the focus of the Silkworm Genome Research Program (SGP) through the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Japan. The SGP’s website is crawling with genetic resources such as a linkage map and lists of silkworm genes and transposons submitted to public databases. The KAIKO 2D database provides images of 2-D polyacrylamide gels for use in the analysis of silkworm proteins expressed in different tissues and at different developmental stages. The main resource on the site is KAIKObase, an integrated silkworm genome browser. Glancing through the tutorial pdf, one can gain a sense for how to navigate through the gene viewer, four map browsers, and two independent databases. Nicely organized into categories like “sequences,” “analysis tools,” and “public data,” this site will have you wrapped up in the world of the silkworm.

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