WS247: C. briggsae genes have descriptions!

In the previous WS246 release we introduced automated gene descriptions for C. elegans genes that lacked a manually written one. These gene descriptions include information related to orthology, process, function and sub-cellular localization (when these data-types have been curated in the WormBase database), giving the user a quick overview of the gene. The current WS247 release includes automated descriptions for over 18,000 C. briggsae genes.  Check out the C. briggase gene pages to view these descriptions under ‘Overview’!  In future releases, we will add genes from many more species!  Also, WormBase is working on user-friendly forms which you can use to edit these descriptions and make them better.

Featured Paper: The origin and function of anti-fungal peptides in C. elegans

The origin and function of anti-fungal peptides in C. elegans: open questions
by Nathalie Pujol, Paul A. Davis* and Jonathan J. Ewbank

This paper describes a gene-class of short proteins expressed during fungal challenge and covers most nematodes included in WormBase.

Front Immunol. 2012;3:237. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2012.00237. Epub 2012 Aug 1.

*Disclaimer: Paul Davis is a WormBase curator at the EBI