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HAVANA Group’s Rat Genome Annotation Initiative

HAVANA plans to produce a rat reference gene set that will contain a depth of information similar to that of the GENCODE gene build.

The Human and Vertebrate Analysis and Annotation (HAVANA) of the Sanger Institute is proposing to produce a rat reference gene set that will contain a depth of annotation similar to the GENCODE gene build (e.g. including long non-coding RNAs as well as protein coding genes). Working collaboratively with the Rat Genome Database (RGD) and other community experts, the group will begin by manually reviewing and annotating select regions of the rat genome.  As the rat gene set matures and more transcriptomic data is incorporated, Havana will examine the possibility of producing a consensus gene set within the rat annotation community. Havana's manually annotated gene sets are initially published in The Vega Genome browser (http://vega.sanger.ac.uk/index.html) before being incorporated into Ensembl. For more information, see the RGD news page of at http://rgd.mcw.edu/wg/news2/07/17-sanger-s-havana-group-announces-rat-genome-annotation-initiative.