Join NCBI at PAG in San Diego, January 12–16, 2019

Next week, NCBI staff will attend the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Conference. We have several activities planned, including 1 booth (#223), 4 workshops, 1 talk and 2 posters.

Read on to learn more about what you can look forward to if you’re attending PAG this year. (Note: The listed times are Pacific time.)

Booth #223, Exhibit Hall:

  • Sunday, January 13, 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Monday, January 14, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 15, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Visit us at our booth to provide feedback, have your questions answered, or just to chat! We’ll also have a genome expert at the booth at specific times that we’ll announce soon – follow us on Twitter to be notified.


  • Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 AM – NCBI Annotation of the Water Buffalo (W132)

A reference assembly and a quality gene annotation are critical for harnessing the genetic diversity for crop and livestock improvements. In the past year, a substantially improved assembly and annotation for the water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) were made available.

  • Sunday, January 13 at 12:10 PM – Whole-Genome Annotation at NCBI (W251)

RefSeq offers annotated genomes for a wide range of organisms from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. These annotations, although automated, leverage from the aggregation of knowledge by manual and semi-manual curation. We’ll discuss the interplay of targeted curated efforts and automation in the eukaryotic and prokaryotic annotation pipelines, and recent initiatives to provide annotation tools to users.

  • Sunday, January 13 at 1:30 PM – Navigating NCBI Resources for Plant Genomics (W456)

The number of plants annotated at NCBI has steadily increased over the years. As of now, 95 plants have been annotated using the NCBI’s Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline. Expert curation ensures accurate and full-length representation of nucleotide and protein sequences and function assignment. Curation process and how to access this data will be discussed.

This workshop provides an overview of NCBI genome resources including GenBank submissions, GEO, NCBI’s Eukaryotic Genome Annotation pipeline, Gene, Genome Data Viewer, FTP, programmatic utilities, and BLAST.

The last 25 minutes of the session will be devoted to questions.


  • Tuesday, January 15 at 11:45AM – GeneHummus: A Computational Pipeline to Define Gene Families and their expression in legumes and beyond (C18)

This talk presents the GeneHummus pipeline for the identification, characterization and expression analysis of plant gene families.


  • Monday, January 14, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Curation of Corn RefSeq to Provide a Robust Resource for Research and Annotation (PE0812)

The RefSeq project at NCBI aims to provide a comprehensive set of well-annotated sequence records for a diverse set of organisms. In collaboration with MaizeGDB, NCBI staff has targeted corn for additional in-depth curation of sequence and gene records.

  • Monday, January 14, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Navigating NCBI Resources for Plant Genomics (PO0737)

The Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline at NCBI generates annotation of coding and non-coding genes, transcripts, and proteins from finished and unfinished genome assemblies publicly available in INSDC. These annotated genomes are manually curated by the RefSeq group at NCBI to generate high-quality, non-redundant transcripts. Gene and protein names are assigned, and publications added, when available. Gene-specific data is available in NCBI’s Gene resource. Gene annotation and related data can be explored in NCBI’s Genome Data Viewer. RefSeq data can be accessed from the RefSeq homepage or can be downloaded from the FTP directory.

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