Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Web Wednesday: GenomeRNAi

Todays Web Wednesday featuer: GenomeRNAi, an effort from the Boutros group at DKFZ that reports an update in the most recent database issue of NAR:

Gilsdorf et al. (2009) GenomeRNAi: a database for cell-based RNAi phenotypes. 2009 update. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: doi:10.1093/nar/gkp1038.

Database issue of NAR 2009 (free online access)

And check out their "List all Screens" for what I assume is a summary of the screens that are searchable in the database. Included among the screens in Drosophila and human cells listed are many published screens based on data obtained at the DRSC. Looks like a good place to go to see what's out there from many groups.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

RNAi in 30 Insect Species and Counting

On my desk today? A recently e-published review by Xavier Belles in the upcoming 2010 edition of Annual Reviews in Entomology, Beyond Drosophila: RNAi in vivo and functional genomics in insects.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quote of the Week: Contradiction

The female germ cell embodies a most profound contradiction. It must be totipotent, containing within itself all the information needed for the development of a new individual. But it must also be highly differentiated in order to carry out the complex functions required of it.

- Anne McLaren, in Germ Cells and Soma: A New Look at an Old Problem (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1981)