Dear Cotton Community Members,
Please accept our apology for the email you received yesterday containing unsupported
statements about a fellow member of CottonGen and ICGI. To rectify this situation we
include below a clarification offered to us by Dr. Paterson. In the future, any
communication requests from members to the CottonGen/ICGI mailing lists will be sent to
the steering committees for approval before posting.
CottonGen Principal Investigator
Note from Dr. Andrew Paterson in reply to Dr. Thea Wilkins second email regarding access
to genomic resources.
Having noted yesterday the merit of Dr. Wilkins libraries, ICGI members also may wish to
consider that non-profit distribution centers including Texas A&M, CUGI/AGI, and PGML
have BACs from the same genotypes used by Dr WIlkins. While these BACs would lack the
value added by Dr Wilkins sequencing, they may be much less costly to obtain than those
from a private vendor.
Dr. Wilkins unsupported comments about my BAC distribution record are incorrect. My
policies were formulated under an NSF grant on which Dr. Wilkins was the PI. These
policies and my record have been regularly reviewed and found satisfactory by my research
sponsors. We have had an online ordering system
) for many years, and requests
are filled promptly. All who have requested BACs from me have received them. Likewise,
our probe sequences were deposited in Genbank soon after their completion, and genome
sequences that I have overseen were publicly released nearly a year (for cotton, and
nearly 2 years for sorghum) in advance of publication.
Best wishes to all.
Andrew Paterson, Chair, ICGI and
Regents Professor, University of Georgia.
Dorrie Main, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
45 Johnson Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-6414