Sir John Sulston

We mourn the passing of one of the founders of our field. John Sulston was personally responsible for establishing the use of C. elegans to study development – with his stunning determination of the entire embryonic cell lineage by direct observation – as well as obtaining a complete genome sequence. He was a mentor and role model for many of us in the field who had the opportunity to work with him or know him personally, and an inspiration for many others who only knew him through papers and oral history. He demonstrated that comprehensive and careful description can lead to fundamental, mechanistic insights into biology and genomes. John also exemplified being collegial, community-minded, intellectually rigorous, scientifically intense and personally friendly.

Staying up-to-date with new features and data at WormBase

WormBase offers a number of ways to stay up-to-date with new features and datasets. Here are a few.

1. The WormBase Blog

Right here — we’ll post everything on the blog. Entries of general interest will also cross-post to the main WormBase site. You can also subscribe to receive notice of all new posts to the blog by email.

2. Twitter

WormBase is on Twitter, at, erm, @wormbase. On Twitter we post news items, service status updates, answer queries, and occasionally live blog meetings.

3. The announce@wormbase.org email list

If you prefer email, subscribe to the very low traffic WormBase Announce Mailing list. Here, we post notifications of new release and announcements of general interest to the community.

Publish summer student’s results quickly and easily in Micropublication:Biology!

Are your summer student’s projects coming to an end? Did they obtain a solid research finding that does not fit into a larger narrative context? Micropublish their results in Micropublication:biology. Give the students citable credit for their work. Give mentors credit for their effort.

Need additional information? Contact us at micropublications@wormbase.org, we will guide you through the process. It’s fast and easy.

Type of Micropublications include: New finding – including new reagents; Negative result; Replication – successful; Replication – unsuccessful; Commodity validation.

May 2016: 8 new labs joining the community

8 new labs have registered with WormBase and the CGC. Please join us in welcoming these labs to the community!

Alex Mendenhall ARM wam University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Hiroaki Miki CRB dcr Osaka University, Osaka, Japan website
Megan Hwa Brewer MHB nna Sydney Medical School, Concord, NSW, Australia
Suhong Xu SHX zju Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China website
Tamara Mikeladze-Dvali TMD mik Biozentrum der LMU Mnchen, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany website
Matt Crook TWP mxc Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Anna K Allen WDC ana Howard University, Washington, DC website
Wolfgang Fischle WFK cbd Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany website