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Maize Microarray Resources project

Lou Butler loub at Ag.arizona.edu
Wed Nov 12 11:11:59 EST 2003

Dear maize community,

I am the PI of a Maize Microarray Resources project funded by the
National Science Foundation.  I am writing to describe our project and
to give you the opportunity to provide information to help us achieve
our goals.

Our project is to produce 70-mer long oligo arrays for the maize
community. We are currently compiling the maize unigene set that will be
used to design the oligos.  We are using all maize cDNA and EST
sequences that were deposited to GenBank as of August 21, 2003.  In
addition, we are using ~2000 GSS sequences that have assembled into
statistically sound gene models, but are not represented by a maize cDNA
or EST.  Altogether we intend to synthesize and spot ~55,000 oligos.  To
help assure that this array contains as many maize genes as possible I'm
writing to the community to request that if you are working with genes
that have not yet been deposited, and if you want these represented on
the array you will need to deposit these to Genbank immediately and send
us the Genbank accession number and/or a fasta formatted file. If you
have orientation information on the gene sequences you submit, please
provide that as well. If you want me to check that your favorite gene(s)
is included in this unigene set, please provide me with their Genbank
accession numbers.

Please provide this information to my assistant Lou Butler (see contact
information below), as I am currently traveling out of the country and
will only have intermittent access to email.  We will need to receive
this information no later than December 1st in order to include the
sequences in the oligo synthesis order.

Vicki L. Chandler
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Arizona-Tucson

Contact information for Lou Butler:
Telephone: 520-626-2632
e-mail: loub at ag.arizona.edu
fax: (520)621-7186
Mail:  303 Forbes Hall
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ  85721

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