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Xine Volume 5 issue 2

Xine Volume 5 issue 2 - August 2005

Dear Colleagues:

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

Grant news

Several Institutes and Centers of the NIH are considering announcing their interest in receiving research grant applications to perform genetic and genomic analyses of Xenopus, see

Xenopus ESTs and full-length sequences

XGC now lists about 8,000 full-length X. laevis clones and about 3,000 full-length X. tropicalis clones (,

dbEST lists about 1 Million X. tropicalis ESTs and about a-half Million laevis ESTs (

Full-length X. tropicalis genes at the Gurdon Institute (download the current collection of sequences here

Xenopus tropicalis genome project - Assembly v4.1 now available!

X. tropicalis genome assembly 4.1 is the fourth in a series of preliminary assembly releases that are planned as part of the ongoing X. tropicalis genome project. To date, approximately 22.5 million paired end sequencing reads have been produced from libraries containing a range of insert sizes.

Our goal is to make the genome sequence of Xenopus widely and rapidly available to the scientific community. We endorse the principles for the distribution and use of large scale sequencing data adopted by the larger genome sequencing community and urge users of this data to follow them. It is our intention to publish the work of this project in a timely fashion and we welcome collaborative interaction on the project and analyses.

Questions concerning this project or the use of these data should be sent to Paul Richardson (

Paul Richardson, on behalf of the X. tropicalis Genome Consortium

11th International Xenopus Meeting - 2006

Where: Kazusa Akademia Center (Kazusa ARC; near to Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda International Airports
When: September 12-16, 2006
For more information:

The International Xenopus Meeting is held every two years and is the only meeting that brings together, from around the world,
researchers using Xenopus as a model system.

With Best Wishes,

The Organizing Committee

Makoto Asashima, Masanori Taira, and Naoto Ueno

Department of Life Sciences (Biology)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
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Tokyo 153-8902, JAPAN +81-3-5454-6632
(Phone) +81-3-5454-4330
e-mail :

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