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[Chicken-genome] Re: chicken GO proposal

david clayton dclayton at
Mon Mar 27 10:50:57 PST 2006

Dear Dave,

I'm very happy to offer my enthusiastic endorsement of the proposal  
to move forward with a Chicken Gene Ontology project.  As you know,  
we in the songbird research community are making very active use of  
chicken gene annotation to inform songbird genomics. (Indeed, the  
existence of an annotated chicken genome as a reference point was a  
key factor in the recent decision by NIH to obtain a whole genome  
sequence for a songbird, the zebra finch,  as the second sequenced  

In the long run, I anticipate the tide will flow both directions:   
songbird genomics is especially focused on neurobiology, and  
improving the depth and quality of annotation for brain-related genes  
is important for all of GO (and not just chicken GO).

I look forward to your progress with keen interest!


David F. Clayton, Ph.D.
University of Illinois
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, and  
Member, Beckman Institute and Institute for Genomic Biology
Associate Director, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
phone:  217-244-3668
fax: 503-213-6611
mail: 601 S. Goodwin, B107 CLSL, Urbana IL 61801
email: dclayton at

Co-founder, Songbird Genome Organization:
Director, Songbird Neurogenomics Initiative:  http://

On Mar 24, 2006, at 11:10 AM, dave burt (RI) wrote:

> Avian and Genome Biologists,
> Attached is a summary of a joint proposal between the Roslin  
> Institute (Edinburgh) and GOA-EBI seeking funding from the BBSRC  
> (UK) to support a chicken gene Ontology project - if you can send  
> me a short email indicating your support and any comments/ideas on  
> the proposal - this would enhance our application
> Regards, Dave
> Professor David Burt
> Roslin Institute (Edinburgh)
> Midlothian EH25 9PS, UK
> tel: +44-131-527-4218
> fax: +44-131-440-0434
> <<chicken_go_summary.doc>>
> PS: pass this email on to others with an interest in the chicken  
> and other avian genomes
> <chicken_go_summary.doc>

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