Fungal Genetics is only 6 months away

The Fungal Genetics Policy committee and conference organizers Linda Kohn and Steve Osmani have posted the preliminary program for the 26th Fungal Genetics Conference to be held in March 15-20, 2011.  Mark your calendars and get those abstracts in shape as the submissions open on Oct 27 and close in early December. This meeting fills up – be prepared to sign up well before the deadline.

There is also a contest for the logo for this year’s conference.  You can see previous ones and you are encouraged to submit something to appear on T-shirts and the program.  I believe these can be submitted to Kevin McCluskey or the Fungal Genetics Policy Committee.

In addition to the plenary speakers & concurrent sessions, there will be workshops for several fungal research communities held before and after the meeting. There will also be lunchtime meetings of various groups. I’m organizing a lunchtime meeting on Fungal Genome Tools which we are working to share ideas and communicate the directions various fungal data providers are working towards.  Please join the list if you are interested in participating in the meeting – however we expect this to be about reporting work to develop new tools not a tutorial session.

I also hope we can engage a few more social networking tools (though we’re mostly chatting not tweeting during this meeting) to meet those with similar fungal and technology interests and share the happenings with those who can’t quite make it.  I started a Flickr group for the 2009 meeting – maybe we’ll get more contributions of photos and videos of the science and fun that happens at these gatherings.

The roundup of twittered updates for 2010-09-20

  • (S.pombe meiotic cycle)Global coordination of transcriptional control and mRNA decay during cellular differentiation. #
  • Bulk segregant analysis by high-throughput sequencing reveals a novel xylose utilization gene from S. cerevisiae. #
  • A comprehensive genome-wide map of autonomously replicating sequences in a naive genome. #
  • Analysis of a genome-wide set of gene deletions in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe #
  • A general lack of compensation for gene dosage in yeast #
  • Divergence of nucleosome positioning between 2 closely related yeast species: genetic basis and functional consequences #
  • Azole resistance profile of amino acid changes in Aspergillus fumigatus CYP51A based on protein homology modeling #
  • Low prevalence of fks1 hot spot 1 mutations in a worldwide collection of Candida strains #
  • A tetrad analysis of the basidiomycete fungus Cryptococcus neoformans #
  • The Ascomycota tree of life: phylogeny clarifies origin & evolution of fundamental reproductive and ecological traits #
  • Probing the role of point mutations in the cyp51A gene from A. fumigatus in the model yeast S. cerevisiae #

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White nose syndrome genome released

The Broad Institute released their sequence of the genome of Geomyces destructans implicated in the White Nose Syndrome that is causing a massive die-offs of bats. The researchers sequenced a North America isolated strain in this project which is part of an epidemic spreading across the Northeastern United States. This is just the assembly of the genome not the annotation which will be forthcoming.

The roundup of twittered updates for 2010-09-08

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