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2014 Xenopus White Paper (edit requests)

Draft of the 2014 Xenopus White Paper

Dear Colleagues

Below is a draft of the 2014 Xenopus White Paper based on discussions from the PI’s meeting at MBL Woods hole in August 2013. This White Paper highlights recent contributions of Xenopus research to the NIH’s mission, identifies emerging opportunities for the Xenopus system and outlines the Xenopus community’s priorities for further NIH support. Based on the consensus from the meeting the prioritized needs of the community were:

     1. Renewal of the National Xenopus Resource center (NXR)
     2. Renewal of Xenbase, the Xenopus bioinformatics database
     3. Xenopus genome improvement
     4. Functional characterization of the genome - in vivo ENCODE
     5. Enhancement of transgenic resources
     6. Improvement of Xenopus antibody resources
     7. Improve Genome Editing Resources (TALEN/CRISPr) in Xenopus
     8. Enhance use of Xenopus to model human disease

Download a draft of the 2014 Xenopus White Paper.

Please comment on the 2014 Xenopus White paper:
At this time we ask for input from all member of the Xenopus research community. We welcome all suggestions and comments – this is your opportunity to describe community resource that best advance your research.  If you make any edits to the word document please keep the "tracking" function on. Please send your comments to by February 17th.

Please sign the 2014 Xenopus White paper:
In order for the White paper to be effective at the NIH it is important that it broadly represents the views of the community. If the White Paper recommendations would benefit your research, we urge you to become a signatory by emailing with your name and NIH grant numbers. If you dissent from the views of the white paper tell us why and what could be changed to make you reconsider.

Many Thanks

Marko Horb, MBL Woods Hole

Aaron Zorn, Cincinnati Children’s

Last Updated: 2014-01-28