Subject: Re: Fwd: nomenclature
From: Bhagwati P Gupta
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:26:30 -0700
To: Paul Sternberg
CC:,, Marie-Anne Felix ,,,, Bhagwti P Gupta

Paul, I agree with Jonathan's comments on the proposal. As Ralf said, we should resolve the nomenclature issue soon. Bhagwati

Paul Sternberg wrote:

Here is a response from Ralf.  My initial reaction is to agree with
Jonathan and Ralf.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Ralf Sommer" <>
> Date: Wed Jul 24, 2002  07:05:37 AM US/Pacific
> To: Paul Sternberg <>
> Subject: Re: nomenclature
> Dear Paul,
> I am at the SDB meeting in Madison right now. I see the
> problem and think that it is really necessary to establish
> rules by now.
> In large, I agree with Jonathans comments. The tra(Cb)
> suggestion, although in principle workable, would cause some
> problems in practice I believe. So, in practice Jonathans
> suggestion might work better.
> In contrast to Jonathan, I believe that we cannot wait how
> the non C. elegans world evolves because there could be too
> much damage before we would know.
> I would even go a step further: It is more important to
> develop strikt rules now so that everybody will be able to
> follow them. I guess with that many new people in the field
> already (in particular with briggsae and remanei), it is
> impossible to find a solution that everybody likes.
> Personally, I find it more important to have rules that
> everybody is following than having "my" own rules.
> Therefore, we should come to a solution soon.
> In order to make sure that people will follow these rules
> and recommendations, it might even be neceassry to publish
> them, like in the Cel case a long time ago. We should do
> whatever necessary and possible not to end up like with
> pombe and cerevisiae!
> Regards,
> Ralf
> PS: I have problems forwarding this message to the others.
> Could you please do that for me. Thanks.

Bhagwati P Gupta
Biology 156-29, Caltech
Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: 626-395-8391 (lab)