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Xine Volume 11 - number 1, January 2011

Welcome to Xine, the source for Xenopus news and information. Here's
what's happening...

From Sally Moody

genesis, The Journal of Genetics and Development is excited to announce a call for manuscripts to be published in a Special Issue on Xenopus Genetics and Genomics. genesis publishes reviews, research articles, short letters and technical reports, see link for detail. All of these manuscript types will be appropriate for the Special Issue on Xenopus Genetics and Genomics. The Special Issue on Xenopus Genetics and Genomics is scheduled to be published in Winter 2011. Therefore, manuscripts are due no later than July 31, 2011. Please send an email of intent to submit to the Editor-in-Chief ( When manuscripts are submitted, as per instructions at the above link, please identify that it is intended for the Special Issue on Xenopus Genetics and Genomics in the cover letter. Manuscripts submitted for this Special Issue will enjoy an expedited review, as well as:
  • complete compliance with NIH, HHMI and Wellcome Trust Open Access policies
  • free color figures with Editor-in-Chief approval
  • manuscripts will be posted on-line in uncorrected form within days of acceptance
  • corrected proofs will be available on-line and indexed in PubMed within weeks, and
  • extensive on-line author services.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to participate in this exciting project, and look forward to seeing your manuscript in the review queue for the Special Issue on Xenopus Genetics and Genomics at genesis, The Journal of Genetics and Development.

From the Xenopus White Paper Group

Dear Xenopus colleagues,

As you may know, we are continuing to lobby for the development of Xenopus research resources.

Our previous efforts in 2009 were very successful, leading to:

1. NIH Funding to establish the National Xenopus Resource at the MBL in Woods Hole, which will provide training and transgenic and mutant frog lines to the community

2. NIH Funding to expand and maintain Xenbase.

3. NIH Funding for sequencing of the X. laevis genome. A draft genome for laevis is expected this Spring.

At the recent International Xenopus Conference, a group of roughly 40 PIs discussed priorities in this area and we have now drafted a document based upon that meeting. We write to you now to seek your comments, and ultimately your signature, on the resulting document:

The 2011 Xenopus White Community Paper.

The document is available on Xenbase at the following link:

-To comment on the White Paper, please send an email to .

-If you AGREE with the goals of the 2011 XWP, please indicate so with an email to

-Please also include your current NIH grant support, if applicable.

-If you wish to DISSENT from the White Paper, please email us at

(In this case, please also tell us why you dissent and what could be changed in order to make you re-consider).

We are counting on Xenopus researchers to demonstrate their support for the development of community-wide resources. So please help!


The XWP authors:

Frank Conlon
Richard Harland
Mustafa Khokha
Anna Philpott
Todd Stukenberg
Gert Veenstra
John Wallingford
Aaron Zorn
Call for content

Xine could be used to disseminate information and
protocols of general utility to the research community. In order for
this to occur, please send any such contributions to the editor who
will include them in a future (or special) issue of Xine.
If you wish to read Xine in html format and/or see back issues,
they are available at the following places
Links to useful sources of information for Xenopus (in no particular order)

general interest and utility
<> Trans NIH Xenopus
<> - Harland lab X. tropicalis site
<> - Grainger lab X. tropicalis site
<> - Amy Sater's X. tropicalis genetic map
<> - Information on the
X. tropicalis listserver
<> - Troplist archives.
Lots of good information here.
<> - Peter Vize's Xenopus Uber database
<> - Zimmerman Lab
X. tropicalis website, database of mutants
<> - Shoko Ishibashi's trop web page

genomic resources
<> - XDB at NIBB - Naoto Ueno's
X. laevis EST database <> - Xenopus gene collection
<> - full length
collection at the Gurdon Institute
<> - JGI X. tropicalis
genome site with browser and other info
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Until next time,