Data sets coming from high throughput experiments which reside in SPELL have now been updated with topics so that you can actually search by your favorite topic. You can see the topic search options by clicking the button ‘Options for Filtering Results by Dataset Tags‘ on the SPELL home page under the search box for Gene Name(s).
If you’re wondering which WormBase tool to use for your data needs, check out this updated list of tools with short descriptions for what to use them for. Click on the tool names to be taken directly to the tool.
The Eukaryotic Genomic Databases book has just been released by Springer (Editors: Kollmar, Martin) and contains detailed chapters related to the eukaryotic databases such as WormBase, FlyBase, the yeast databases, SGD and PomBase, etc. The chapters describe database contents and classic use-cases, which assist in accessing eukaryotic genomic data and encouraging comparative genomic research.
If you would like to register a new lab and/or receive strain and allele designations please consult the WormBase documentation page here. This page also describes the nomenclature that WormBase requires and uses to describe genes, alleles, strains, gene knockouts, modifiers (suppressors, revertants and enhancers), and chromosomal aberrations (duplications, deficiencies, inversions and translocations) .
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.