Phylogenetic Annotation Project

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The GO consortium has established the complete annotation of nine reference genomes as a priority goal. These reference genomes are:

  • Arabadopsis thaliana
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Danio rerio (zebrafish)
  • Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Escherichia coli
  • Homo sapiens
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Mus musculus

The Reference Genome GO Annotation Team, with representatives from each genome annotation group, will coordinate annotation, facilitate implementation of GO Consortium annotation priorities, provide metrics to assess progress toward the goal of broad and deep annotation of the reference genomes. This group will be responsible for the coordination of the annotation of the nine reference genomes. This group represents the annotation expertise within the GO consortium and provides key liaisons to the model organism databases the have primary responsibilities for the annotation of the reference genomes.

In addition to the organisms listed in the GO grant application, three additional model organism databases have agreed to contribute annotations for their organisms using the priorities established by the Reference Genome Working Group and to provide metrics that will be used to monitor both depth and breadth of annotation. These are:

  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe
  • Gallus gallus
  • Rattus norvegicus

Reference genome focus group summary

The Reference Genome Gene List and Summary is located at

Reference Genome Mailing list

The Reference Genome GO Annotation Team uses an email discussion list to facilitate communication. The list is open to curators of the identified reference genomes involved in reference genome annotation.

To join the list send an email to:

In the body of the message add the line:

  subscribe <insert your email address>