After we got the Heliconius melpomene genome, I thought it’d be easy to find out about one’s favourite gene on our genome browser or on ENSEMBL. Unfortunately, orthologous gene names for Heliconius don’t seem to have made it through to the public databases.
However, I recently went to a talk by Rob Waterhouse, who runs a website called OrthDB which classifies genes into orthologous groups. http://www.orthodb.org/ This provides one method for finding a Heliconius gene by name. OrthoDB obtained the Heliconius melpomene data from ENSEMBL, and then classified them into their orthologous groups, so you can search for gene names really easily there, and easily find genes, gene names, and their synonyms used in related species.
In the course of his work incorporating the Heliconius genome into OrthoDB, Rob Waterhouse also ran an analysis to find orthologous gene groups that really should be in the Heliconius genome (on the basis that they’re in most other related species), but that were not found by the method Jamie Walters used to annotate the genome, Maker. He forwarded this list to Jamie, but I don’t think any use was made of it. As he’s shared it with me too, I thought I’d make it public for those who are interested. I’ve attached it here.