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first proposed new GO terms from Wormbase

Midori Harris midori at
Mon Jul 30 12:55:58 PDT 2001

Hi Erich,

A few quick notes from home; more meatly stuff when I'm back in the


On Mon, 30 Jul 2001, Erich Schwarz wrote:

> Midori,
>     Thanks for your comments.  As you can tell, I really have
> *started* working on this, so lots of things aren't obvious; I
> really appreciate having somebody like yourself  go over this and
> point out corrections.

part of my job ;)
>     The definitions in some cases were taken from textbooks, in some
> cases were paraphrased from textbooks, and in some cases were just
> made up on the spot.  I didn't know that references were needed, and
> am also not sure what to do about a definition that was inspired by
> a textbook but didn't in fact follow the textbook verbatim.  If it's
> OK to cite two sources I can cite the dictionary and also cite

I do this all the time.
>     Mainly I did the definitions in order to try to be a good
> "citizen" of GO.  I hope that if somebody else can come up with
> better ones, somebody will.
>     The main reason for having "fertility" is to try to create a
> term that is as good as possible an antonym to the defect seen in
> worms with Sterile phenotypes in RNAi.  To do this better (i.e.,
> make it an actual function-like term) maybe I should instead propose
> "establishment and maintenance of fertility".

I like this one better than the original.
>     I think I understand the restriction on species-specific parent
> terms.  After I have more comments from your end I can mull
> over what to do about that.
> --Erich Schwarz

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