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We encourage all of you to consult the committee before publishing new gene names. ZFIN currently supports a mechanism for researchers to reserve names for newly discovered mutants. These names are reviewed by the committee to ensure they conform to accepted nomenclature conventions and then given a tentative approval that reserves the name until the mutant or gene is published. To reserve names for genes identified by molecular means, you can contact the ZFIN nomenclature coordinator (nomenclature@zfinnomenclature@zfin.org).

The mouse and human research communities now require approval from their respective nomenclature committees before new names can be published. Most of the major journals support this process by requiring a statement of the committee's approval for all new names before the manuscript is published. This helps avoid changing names later because of nomenclature problems. Is the zebrafish research community ready for this?

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