Happy Holidays and New Year to you, your families and colleagues!!
National Swine Improvement Federation Meetings were held in Nashville.
TN on December 5-6. About 80 people attended the recent meetings which
focussed on developments on many topics for swine genetic improvement
including genetic markers, SNP technology and advances for the future.
It is expected that NSIF paper will be posted at their web site at
(http://www.nsif.com/) in the near future.
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Sequencing Project Progress is on target to complete in 2009. A total
of 95% of the physical map has been selected in 15,882 BAC clones for sequencing.
14,233 of these clones have sequence available, contributing 2,438Mb,
which is approximately 85% of the map. We are aiming to select a
further 1,100 clones over the next 4-5 months, which will bring the
total number of clones for the project to 17,000. In addition, we will
be spending some time closing the remaining map gaps - the entire
genome is in 166 map contigs. We will make use of assembly software to
discover where remaining gaps can be closed, both by the addition of
new clones into the map and by the manual manipulation of existing
clone sequence. For further details, please go to
(www.sanger.ac.uk/Projects/S_scrofa/) or mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
(kindly provided Lucy Mathews and Richard Clark, Sanger).
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Illumina and the International Porcine SNP Chip Consortium are pleased
to announce that the porcine 60K SNP panel is available and being
shipped. If you did not place an order please do not hesitate to
contact Illumina for further information or questions at
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PAG XVII, January 10-14, 2009, is nearly here. The program is now
posted on the web. Some reorganization of the species workshops on
Saturday and Sunday has taken place to avoid overlap and increase
attendance to the NRSP8 meeting which is all Sunday afternoon. The
main PAG meeting runs Sunday night through Wednesday. See
(http://www.intl-pag.org/) for more information and to register. Some
funds to assist travelers for the swine workshop may be available on
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USDA Grant update. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized the creation of the
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which replaces the
National Research Initiative (NRI). AFRI offers research, education,
extension project opportunities that focus on six key areas of
importance to agriculture, nutrition, food safety, environment, and
rural communities. CSREES released the AFRI program announcement on
the agency's Web site
and on Grants.gov. The program announcement provides an overview of
the legislation that created the AFRI program and describes programs
being offered in Fiscal Year 2009. The program descriptions contain the
program priorities, deadline dates, budget limitations, and contact
information. The program announcement does not contain all information
needed to submit an application. That information will be contained in
the AFRI Request for Applications (RFA). The AFRI RFA is anticipated
in January 2009. Important information regarding the Animal Genome,
Genetics, and Breeding Program: The program name for the Animal Genome
program has been changed to "Animal Genome, Genetics, and Breeding"
Letters of Intent are required for research priorities 1 through 4 and
the letter of intent deadline is March 5, 2009. The proposal deadline
for research priorities 1 through 4 is May 14, 2009. Potential
applicants are advised to review the entire AFRI program announcement
closely to ensure that they understand the full range of programs and
grant types available (kindly provided by D. Hamernik and P Burfening)
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Best wishes and Thanks. As many may not know Dr. Deb Hamernik is
leaving CSREES and will be the Associate Dean for Research and
Associate Director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station at
the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. We thank her for all her great
help and wish her well in the future.
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Upcoming meetings (see:
Ninth International Long-Oligonucleotide Microarray Workshop, Jan. 4-9,
2009. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Further details at
- Plant & Animal Genome Conference, PAG XVII, Jan. 10-14, 2009, Town &
Country Hotel, San Diego, CA. More info. will be available at
- Advances in Genome Biology & Technology Conference, Feb. 4-7, 2009.
Marco Island, FL. Information at www.agbt.org
- Genomic Impact of Eukaryotic Transposable Elements, Feb. 6-10, 2009.
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Information at
- Gordon Conference on Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Feb. 22-26,
Hotel Galvez, Galveston Island, TX. Register at
- Midwest ASAS, ADSA regional meetings. March 16-19 in Des Moines IA.
Details at http://adsa.asas.org/midwest/2009/
- Statistical Genetics of Livestock for the Post-Genomic Era, May 4-6,
2009. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Additional information to
be sent out soon.
Items for Pig Genome Update 95 can be sent to me by no later than February 15
U.S. Pig Genome Coordinator
2255 Kildee Hall, Department of Animal Science
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
Phone: 515-294-6202, Fax: 515-294-2401
cc: Muquarrab Qureshi, CSREES and Caird Rexroad II, ARS
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