WormBase follows a two month release cycle. Bug fixes, tool improvements, curation of additional data, corrections to data, testing of the website, all happen prior to a new release of WormBase. For every new release, new data from manual curation and from automated pipelines are added. The version or release number is displayed on the WormBase home page at the top, for eg., WS259 is the current release of WormBase. If you are looking at data sets periodically, please note the version/release you are looking at, because data may have changed between releases. A list of all the data and numbers are available in the release notes for WS259. Release notes are available on the Release Schedule page (link available in the footer navigation or from the home page from the top menu bar, About–>What’s New–>Release Schedule–>.) Click on the release number in the Release History table.
SPELL (Serial Pattern of Expression Levels Locator) is a query-driven search engine for microarray, RNAseq and tiling array data. Given a small set of query genes, SPELL can identify which datasets are most informative for these genes, then within these datasets, additional genes are identified with expression profiles most similar to the query set. SPELL contains more than 5000 experiments from over 300 plus datasets.
WormBase hosted a workshop at the recently concluded International Worm Meeting at UCLA, which included presentations on community curation, Micropublications and the demonstration of tools for simple queries, data mining and data visualization. The slides for these presentations are available here. The slides are also available from the WormBase FTP site.
WormBase has a number of activities planned at the IWM 2017 at UCLA. A plenary talk will give an overview about the exciting things that have been implemented or planned for WormBase. Come to the WormBase workshop (Thursday, June 22, 1.00pm-2.30pm, Northwest Auditorium) to learn about data mining tools in WormBase, and how to contribute your data. Come to the Micropublication booth (#102) to learn how to micropublish your unpublished data! WormBase staff will be present at the WormBase booth (#103) to answer any questions and to assist you with any queries you need help with. We look forward to hearing your suggestions, comments and feedback! See you soon!
Check out the latest WormBook chapter in Genetics: The Natural Biotic Environment of Caenorhabditis elegans, by Hinrich Schulenburg and Marie-Anne Félix.