A.mel vs A.mel

Ensembl is already working on the forthcoming release (e60!). The declaration of intentions have been published and include the new Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) genome.

While I was looking at the alignments we are planing to release, I saw the H.sap-A.mel LASTZ-net alignments. Hey! I thought we banned Apis mellifera from Ensembl long time ago.

Then I realised that the scientific names of both the honey bee and the giant panda start with the same letters. So, don’t get confused, one of them eats flowers and makes honey, while the other one eats bamboo and makes very nice teddies!