New VC2010 and improved CB4856 genomes published

The VC2010 genome assembly has just been published in Genome Research as an open-access article. This assembly is largely derived from a completely isogenic VC2010-derived strain, PD1074, that is now available from the CGC.

In related news, Junho Lee and his lab have simultaneously published an open-access article on their substantially improved genome assembly for Hawaiian C. elegans (CB4856).

Paper of Interest: Comparative study of 81 genomes of parasitic and non-parasitic worms

Check out the paper ‘Comparative genomics of the major parasitic worms’ in Nature Genetics by the International Helminth Genomes Consortium and the ‘News and Views’ article by Paul Sternberg, ‘Opening up a large can of worms‘.

Check out the Eukaryotic Genomic Databases book!

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.

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).

Necator americanus

The new WS243 release will include the genome of the New World Hookworm Necator americanus. The genome assembly and geneset has been provided by Makedonka Mietreva’s group at the Washington University of St.Louis.

The genome itself and further analysis has been published as:
Genome of the human hookworm Necator americanus.
Tang YT, Gao X, Rosa BA, Abubucker S, Hallsworth-Pepin K, Martin J, Tyagi R, Heizer E, Zhang X, Bhonagiri-Palsikar V, Minx P, Warren WC, Wang Q, Zhan B, Hotez PJ, Sternberg PW, Dougall A, Gaze ST, Mulvenna J, Sotillo J, Ranganathan S, Rabelo EM, Wilson RK, Felgner PL, Bethony J, Hawdon JM, Gasser RB, Loukas A, Mitreva M. Nat Genet. 2014 Jan 19. doi: 10.1038/ng.2875