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Subject: What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#3,
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2022 13:16:24 -0500
What's new on the NAGRP animal genome web site (#3, 2022)

o Animal QTLdb and CorrDB updates -- Announcing a joint release of the
  QTLdb (Release 48) and CorrDB (Release 16):

  (Aug 24, 2022): New curation updates made to previously released
  QTL/association data: 254,573 [Breakdown by species: cattle: 195,041;
  chicken: 16,613; goat: 129; horse: 2,699; pig: 34,793; rainbow trout:
  1,225; sheep: 4,202]. These changes related to 2,111 previously curated
  traits [Breakdown by species: cattle: 683; chicken: 369; horse: 65; pig:
  691; sheep: 264; rainbow trout: 39].

  In addition, a sum of 981 new QTL/associations have been curated into the
  database. (New additions less obsolete/retracted ones: Catfish: 0; Cattle:
  291; Chicken: 19; Goat: 0; Horse: 0; Pig: 462; Sheep: 209; Rainbow trout:0)


  (Aug 24, 2022): New data updates made to previously curated correlation
  data: 4,526 [Breakdown by species: cattle: 1,758; chicken: 898; pig: 1,096;
  sheep: 774]. Updates made on trait data related to correlation data: 1,632
  [Breakdown by species: cattle: 395; chicken: 35; horse: 5; pig: 908; sheep:
  289]. Updates made on trait data related to heritability data: 92.
  [Breakdown by species: cattle: 30; chicken: 3; horse: 1; pig: 39; sheep:18]

  In addition, a sum of 281 new correlations [Breakdown by species -- Pig:46;
  Cattle: 115; Chicken: 120] and a sum of 93 new heritability data [Break
  down by species -- Pig: 38; Cattle: 36; Chicken: 6; Sheep: 13] have been
  curated into the CorrDB.


  Database developments summary:

  (1) The data released above with regard to curation updates reflects our
  continued efforts toward implementing a new trait variant management system
  (reported in our 2022 WCGALP paper,, as our
  work this summer has been focused on extensive data curation changes on all
  existing data in the QTLdb and CorrDB. The trait curation changes provide
  supporting evidence that the new data management structural change
  implemented in the spring works as designed (see our database release 47).
  A positive effect from the new trait data management in QTLdb/CorrDB is a
  significant reduction in the number of traits maintained in the database
  (for correlation data, from 902 to 786, -12.9%; for heritability data, from
  1,061 to 928, -14.9%; for QTL/association data, from 2,272 to 2,146, -5.9%).
  Overall, this is an approximate 10% reduction in total base trait numbers.

  (2) Default genomes: Although the Animal QTLdb has been supporting multiple
  genome builds per species since 2021, one genome assembly per species is
  now selected as default "reference" genome for the QTLdb web tools searching
  and online map display. The selection of the default genome is in alignment
  with NCBI/Ensembl updates. The supported "default genome" information can
  be found on the "Supported Genome Assemblies for Data Alignments" page on
  our website (

o Ontology developments:

  (1) Two updates were made to the Vertebrate Trait (VT) Ontology data
      (versions 12.7 and 12.8).
  (2) Four updates were made to the Livestock Breed Ontology (LBO, versions
      7.10, 7.11, 7.12, and 7.13).


o FAANG website updates:

  The FAANG website has recently been reformatted to accommodate the
  consortium's new working structure - new task forces (TF) that have
  replaced earlier committees/working groups. Web functions to facilitate the
  new working structure include TF membership management (self-elected or
  admits by organizers), organizers' ability to add new members, systematic
  mechanisms to periodically check TF memberships, a new working mailing
  listserv, and introductory web content for each TF. The web contents for
  the old working groups have been placed in an archive, accessible by
  members only.


o ANGENMAP Listserv:

  The AnGenMap list and 17 other mailing lists hosted at
  have been completely transitioned to using user profiles via web tools for
  users' management of their list subscription/alternative emails/mail digest
  and other list options. AnGenMap operates on the Smartlist listserv, which
  was designed to use auto-responsive email service to handle list
  subscribe/unsubscribe commands. Replacement of this default design brings
  several advantages, including better security control, ease of use, and
  better information transparency to users.  Note that this change was built
  on our previous efforts developing expanded web functions on the community
  directory to couple with the listserv as a "helper" since 2007.


o Data repository:

  We have begun a process to clean up the NAGRP Data repository that has been
  serving the community since 2005. This effort is aimed at eliminating
  out-of-date or redundant files, and those that have remained in an
  incomplete status, in order to sustain the support to the community beyond
  2023.  Ultimately, all must-keep files will be transferred to OSF upon
  agreements with data owners.  If you have data hosted at the NAGRP Data
  Repository, please inform us of your long-term intentions for them or make
  necessary backups.


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