A shout out for model organism resources and a highlight of Flybase from our colleagues at the Open Helix blog:
I have a soft spot for model organisms, not only because of the tremendous amount of great biology they’ve provided. I was a postdoc at The Jackson Lab, and I am acutely aware of how crucial it is to have the depth of the species specialists involved in creating and maintaining the resources that are appropriate for their organism. But it’s more than just institutional knowledge and data, of course. It’s also the importance of the community of researchers working on that organism, supporting them and having their needs met in many ways with species-specific resources.
So this week’s tip highlights some features of the FlyBase tools, as a way to remind folks of the great work that’s going on at model organism databases (MODs).