Good points. Three or more letter species species descriptor is fine.
the descriptor would be best differetn to decrease confusion. Most
people will prefer to use Ppa-xxx-p23 not -ppa23. I will make this
On Friday, October 17, 2003, at 11:38 AM, Marie-Anne Felix wrote:
This nomenclature seems good to me. It looks a little heavy, but in
fact it does not prevent a researcher who only works on Oscheius to
keep writing dpy-1 on the plate.
Until now we have been using a prefix with 3 letters such as
Ppa-lin-39. It seems to me that in the outside-the-worm literature,
there are sometimes 2 (Hs, Mm, Dm) and sometimes 3 letters (Dme, Dsi)
used? 2 will never be sufficient with millions of nematode species (and
non-nematode species, but these are only few!) but 3 appears long to
Would the prefix in Ppa-lin-39 be necessarily the same as the species
designation as in dpy-pp1? It might be easier to keep a single name for
the two uses. Using at least two letters would then be necessary for
the mutant (dpy-cb1 rather than just dpy-b1 for briggsae).
There could be an exception for Caenorhabditis species, however.
Note that there is now a (thin) Oscheius website at:
I'll change the gene nomenclature once it is decided.
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