The first CeMEB Genome jamboree for one of our IMAGO species, the sand goby, took place 13-14 June at Tjärnö. CeMEB is currently finishing the first version of the Sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus) genome. In addition, the associated CeMEB member Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser from the University of Basel is presently finishing the Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) genome. The two genomes will be an excellent asset for comparative studies.
While genome publications of those two species, together with a basic level of automated annotation of the genomes, will be submitted within this year, we also aim for a more comprehensive level of manual annotation of specific gene families for both species.
The aim of the meeting was to seek the help of colleagues with strong interest in certain gene families, molecular mechanisms, fish biology and/or genome annotation. Several of the participants also came with a wish to learn-by-doing. By bringing together a set of carefully chosen and deliberately appointed colleagues we believe we can make strong progress in this area and, eventually, present two comprehensively annotated genomes.
The meeting gathered 32 persons from 14 different universities/research organizations and 9 different countries. The outcome of the jamboree fulfilled the expectations and new collaborations were initiated and there will most certain be a follow up meeting in late 2016.