ROCKVILLE, Md.--The gene index group at the Institute for Genomic Research has released its ZmGI maize gene index--an estimate of transcribed maize sequences based on publicly available expressed-sequence-tag data. TIGR maintains gene indices for a number of other organisms, including human, mouse, rat, zebrafish, Drosophila, Arabidopsis, rice, tomato, and soybean, and plans to compile a potato index next year. The TIGR gene indices can be found at

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