The Worm Lab Project @ The WBG

Check out the The Worm Lab Project at the Worm Breeder’s Gazette that seeks to capture the rich history and scientific spirit of the C. elegans research community by publishing brief interviews with lab heads and principal investigators.

We invite all PIs/lab heads of laboratories registered with the CGC to take the Worm Lab Project interview! We will publish submissions on a rolling basis.


Nemagenetag collection

In the framework of the European Union funded Nemagenetag project, several labs worked together from 2003 to 2007 to generate a genome-wide collection of molecularly characterized Mos1 insertion mutants for the C. elegans community. The relevance and utility of this collection of >13000 strains has been drastically reduced with the advent of CRISPR. Requests for strains have dropped to an average of less than one a month. The Nemagenetag members consider that the cost involved in maintaining the collection is no longer warranted. Any laboratory interested in the collection (available in duplicate) should contact us before 15th June. If there are no takers, we will dispose of the collection as we see fit.

We take this opportunity to remind you that if ever you use a Nemagenetag allele (“ttTi”, including MoSCI alleles such as ttTi5605) you should always cite the relevant publications. Without such citation, community projects will not get funding.

Vallin et al.
A genome-wide collection of Mos1 transposon insertion mutants for the C. elegans research community.
PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e30482. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030482. Epub 2012 Feb 8.

Duverger et al.
A semi-automated high-throughput approach to the generation of transposon insertion mutants in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
Nucleic Acids Res. 2007;35(2):e11. Epub 2006 Dec 12.
PMID: 17164286

Jonathan Ewbank on behalf of the Nemagenetag consortium

Looking for a genome assembly?

If you are looking for C. elegans genome assemblies go to this WormBase page and make sure the ‘Genome Assemblies’ widget in the right-hand side bar is chosen.  Scroll down to the ‘Genome Assemblies’ widget.  You can also navigate to the current genome assemblies for any species by opening the ‘Tools’ menu on the horizontal bar on the WormBase home page, so Tools->Under ‘General Search’->Browse by Species. Click on the species you want in the WormBase Core genomes table to navigate to the page with the genome assemblies widget (remember to have it chosen in the side bar).