I was disappointed with the recent article “Why did the chicken cross the road?” (December 2001, p. 26). Particularly, by the statement that the UK’s BBSRC-funded chicken EST project was “the first significant study of avian genomics.” This statement is not true and the article fails to acknowledge the USDA’s earlier efforts in competitive grants funding for more modest chicken EST sequencing projects at the University of Delaware (please see http://www.dbi.udel.edu/ news2000.html). We took the first steps in developing chicken genomics resources (high-throughput sequencing of tissue-specific chicken cDNA libraries) at the University of Delaware and providing the international avian genomics community with a chicken EST database (see http://www.chickest. udel.edu/).
Larry A. Cogburn, PhD, Professor, Avian Molecular Endocrinology, University of Delaware
Keep It Coming!
Although I have filled out a renewal form, I have not received a copy of GT since October 2001. This is so utterly depressing because your journal is the BEST in its league and indispensable for my profession of bioinformaticist in a growing proteomics/genomics enterprise.
PLEASE, PLEASE restart my subscription, with effect from the November 2001 issue if at all possible.
Kevan Willey, Institute for Hormone & Fertility Research, University of Hamburg
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