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Special issue of BMC Microbiology spotlights standardized language for describing microbes
Date:2/18/2009

Gene Ontology terms. Blast disease is one of the most destructive diseases of rice crop known worldwide. Gene Ontology terms will be extremely useful for scientists looking to make comparisons of the different strategies and mechanisms being used by diverse plant pathogens that cause significant disease burden worldwide.

A wide range of researchers, including many scientists who were not part of the original PAMGO consortium, are using the PAMGO terms. New research initiatives, not envisioned when the PAMGO project started, stand to benefit from this work. The National Institutes of Health has recently launched the Human Microbiome Project to acquire information about the many organisms that call the human body home and to determine how these organisms contribute to human health and disease. Dr. Michelle Giglio, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a senior scientist on the PAMGO project, commented: "At the Institute for Genome Sciences, we are responsible for the collection, coordination, and analysis of Human Microbiome Project data. The PAMGO terms will be of great benefit to our work on this project and should facilitate analysis that leads to a better understanding of how our internal inhabitants contribute to our well-being."

Brett Tyler, Professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and the PAMGO project leader, remarked: "The community-driven Gene Ontology resource is a big step forward in allowing researchers to make comparisons across microbial species of the many processes involved in microbe-host-environment interactions. We hope that readers will use these terms and create more of their own to assist in free and accurate exchange of information within the scientific research community."


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Contact: Barry Whyte
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Virginia Tech
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