Here researchers from the Roslin Institute describe how members of the chicken research community have come together as the ‘Avian RNAseq Consortium’ to provide chicken RNAseq data with a view to improving the annotation of the chicken genome. The data was used by Ensembl in their release 71 gene_build to help provide the most up-to-date annotation of Galgal4, which is still in current use. The data has also been used to predict many ncRNAs, particularly lncRNAs, and it continues to be used as a resource for annotation of other avian genomes along with continued gene discovery in the chicken.
The Avian RNA-Seq Consortium: a community effort to annotate the chicken genome
Smith J, Burt DW (2014) The Avian RNAseq Consortium: a community effort to annotate the chicken genome. BioRxiv [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]