Turkey bioinformatics by the numbers

  • 109,700,700 - mean divergence time (in years) between turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) and turkey vultures (Cathartes aura)
  • 101,849 - number of turkey nucleotide sequences in GenBank
  • 3,597 - number of selenoproteins in UniProt which allow for the possibility of generating a peptide called ‘TURKEY’ (the IUPAC code for selenocysteine is U)[1]
  • 1 - number of published turkey genomes
  • 0 - number of bioinformatics tools that have tried using ‘turkey’ as part of a bogus acronym in their name[2]

  1. I can’t find any such peptide when using the UniProt BLAST server though :-(  ↩

  2. And let's try to keep it that way! ↩