The Human Variome Project (HVP) 2009 Forum "Towards Establishing Standards".
ABSTRACT The May 2009 Human Variome Project (HVP) Forum "Towards Establishing Standards" was a round table discussion attended by delegates from groups representing international efforts aimed at standardizing several aspects of the HVP: mutation nomenclature, description and annotation, clinical ontology, means to better characterize unclassified variants (UVs), and methods to capture mutations from diagnostic laboratories for broader distribution to the medical genetics research community. Methods for researchers to receive credit for their effort at mutation detection were also discussed.
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ABSTRACT: Torrents of genotype-phenotype data are being generated, all of which must be captured, processed, integrated, and exploited. To do this optimally requires the use of standard and interoperable "object models," providing a description of how to partition the total spectrum of information being dealt with into elemental "objects" (such as "alleles," "genotypes," "phenotype values," "methods") with precisely stated logical interrelationships (such as "A objects are made up from one or more B objects"). We herein propose the Phenotype and Genotype Experiment Object Model (PaGE-OM; www.pageom.org), which has been tested and implemented in conjunction with several major databases, and approved as a standard by the Object Management Group (OMG). PaGE-OM is open-source, ready for use by the wider community, and can be further developed as needs arise. It will help to improve information management, assist data integration, and simplify the task of informatics resource design and construction for genotype and phenotype data projects.Human Mutation 07/2009; 30(6):968-77. · 5.21 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: UMD-DMD France is a knowledgebase developed through a multicenter academic effort to provide an up-to-date resource of curated information covering all identified mutations in patients with a dystrophinopathy. The current release includes 2,411 entries consisting in 2,084 independent mutational events identified in 2,046 male patients and 38 expressing females, which corresponds to an estimated number of 39 people per million with a genetic diagnosis of dystrophinopathy in France. Mutations consist in 1,404 large deletions, 215 large duplications, and 465 small rearrangements, of which 39.8% are nonsense mutations. The reading frame rule holds true for 96% of the DMD patients and 93% of the BMD patients. Quality control relies on the curation by four experts for the DMD gene and related diseases. Data on dystrophin and RNA analysis, phenotypic groups, and transmission are also available. About 24% of the mutations are de novo events. This national centralized resource will contribute to a greater understanding of prevalence of dystrophinopathies in France, and in particular, of the true frequency of BMD, which was found to be almost half (43%) that of DMD. UMD-DMD is a searchable anonymous database that includes numerous newly developed tools, which can benefit to all the scientific community interested in dystrophinopathies. Dedicated functions for genotype-based therapies allowed the prediction of a new multiexon skipping (del 45-53) potentially applicable to 53% of the deleted DMD patients. Finally, such a national database will prove to be useful to implement the international global DMD patients' registries under development.Human Mutation 02/2009; 30(6):934-45. · 5.21 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: WikiGenes is the first wiki system to combine the collaborative and largely altruistic possibilities of wikis with explicit authorship. In view of the extraordinary success of Wikipedia there remains no doubt about the potential of collaborative publishing, yet its adoption in science has been limited. Here I discuss a dynamic collaborative knowledge base for the life sciences that provides authors with due credit and that can evolve via continual revision and traditional peer review into a rigorous scientific tool.Nature Genetics 10/2008; 40(9):1047-51. · 35.21 Impact Factor