New SPELL server: Fresh look and faster

Please note that we have moved the WormBase SPELL tool to a new server on the Amazon Cloud: https://spell.wormbase.org.  This should not affect any of our users, as the ‘Tools’ link on the main WormBase menu bar will take you to this new URL.
SPELL (Serial Pattern of Expression Levels Locator) is a query-driven search engine for microarray, RNAseq and Proteomics data. Given a small set of query genes, SPELL identifies which datasets are most informative for these genes, then within those datasets, additional genes are identified with expression profiles most similar to the query set. WormBase SPELL has collected over 6,000 experiments for 9 nematode species. Users can also download these datasets for their own analysis. See WormBase SPELL Tutorial: http://wiki.wormbase.org/index.php/SPELL
The new WormBase SPELL server is twice as fast as the old version. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!

 

WormBook in GENETICS

From Iva Greenwald:
Three years ago, I announced in this column the creation of WormBook in GENETICS, thanks to a generous funding commitment to our community by the Genetics Society of America.

Please look at what we’ve done so far and you’ll see what a great resource it is:  http://www.genetics.org/content/wormbook

We are really hitting our stride now, and you will see WormBase announcements of new chapters increasing apace.  The more you demonstrate the value of WormBook through viewing, downloading, and especially, citing the articles, the more the GSA will understand the value of their sponsorship and be inclined to continue it.

Thanks very much!

Best,
Iva

Paper of Interest: OrthoList 2

The new comparative genomic analysis between C. elegans and humans, OrthoList 2 (OL2), was just published early online in GENETICS.  OL2 comes with a new web-based tool that allows for rapid searches of OL2 by worm or human gene identifiers, protein domains (InterPro and SMART), or human-disease associations (OMIM), and also includes updated RNAi resources. The paper describes OL2 and various findings, including how the content of OL2 compares with the original OrthoList tool. The web-based tool for accessing OL2 is here.