During last week, the last seeds of newly confirmed lines have left the lab for 2011. Since the coming holidays may interfere with international delivery, the next seed will be put into the mail not before the second week of 2012.
We wish all our users a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and GREAT phenotypes for the experiments in 2012!

The presently running GABI-FUTURE-Kat II grant from PTJ / BMBF (German Ministry of Education and Research) has been extended to 2014-06-30. Thanks to  PTJ /  BMBF  for funding, and to the GABI SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) for support.

Information about the current version of SimpleSearch, including a description of the recent enhancements of the software/database structure and also about the additional 20.000 new FSTs, have been published recently in the database issue of NAR for 2012. The article is at the moment available online with open access. It can be viewed here. The print version will become available at the beginning of next year. Please note that we ask you to cite this NEW publication if you use our lines in your experiments. 

While working on the continuous improvement of the GABI-Kat data quality, we still occasionally find seed requests in which users did not get the allele (line) because the insertion was not confirmed initially. If we find logistic errors in our population, we do correct them. As a result, it can happen that you receive seeds for an order placed years ago (we do not ask for the line fee in these cases). Such lines are also donated to NASC, but we want to inform the user who initially wanted the line that "his" or "her" line has finally been confirmed.

Thanks to a thoughtful user, a bug in our web order form has been detected. The form did not store the input correctly. The bug, which had been introduced during the update of 2011-09-09, has been fixed now. The web order form is functional again. If someone has use the form between 2011-09-09 and 2011-09-16, the data are lost. We will try to contact these users on the basis of the MTA that should reach us anyway. However, if you come across this note and think that you are affected, please re-submit.

We have reworked the way how the dynamic content of SimpleSearch is presented to the user. The new implementation is using PHP directly, and offers the option to copy & paste the URL of a page that displays the data of (for example) a given line. Also, SimpleSearch is now significantly faster. In addition, we added a new search option that allows to get a list of all insertions that map to a pseudochromosome region.

We have updated the Joomla system that we use to manage the GABI-Kat website to Joomla v1.7. The website was partially unavailable during the update - sorry for that!

With the GK database version release 24 we introduced the term TS2pA (from transcription start to polyA addition site). This was used to describe insertions that are in the transcribed area of a gene. Now, we changed this to TS2TE for "from transcription start to transcript end" to also cover not polyadenylated ncRNA transcripts.