End-of-life status for GBrowse; to be retired at the end of 2022

GBrowse — the original genome browser at WormBase — has reached an end-of-life support status. Accordingly, we plan to retire GBrowse from the WormBase website at the end of 2022.

JBrowse, the successor to GBrowse, has been the primary genome browser at WormBase for many years. Recently, we released JBrowse2 which fills in the final remaining functionality gaps that existed with GBrowse.

GBrowse was a critical initial component of the Generic Model Organism Database project whose objective was to create modular software components for online genomic resources.  Ahead of its time in many ways, GBrowse launched with a sophisticated plug-in mechanism that allowed it to keep pace with rapid advancements in genome sequencing, high-throughput experimental approaches and the resulting data deluge. Over the following decades, GBrowse saw numerous improvements, including the adoption of a more interactive interface, and the addition of many tools for data display, download, and analysis.

Do you have any questions or concerns about the retirement of GBrowse?  Please let us know how we can help at help@wormbase.org.

WormBase ParaSite is hiring

Got a passion for parasitic worm genomics? Join our team! We’re hiring a bioinformatician at University of Glasgow. The succesfull applicant will work on a range of data analysis, data integration, curatorial and community-engagement activities for WormBase ParaSite. This will include driving annotation improvements within WB-PS by developing new workflows, and enabling updates from the research community. The post is available either for an experienced bioinformatician or a less experienced bioinformatician that wants to further develop their skills. For more information and to apply click here.

–WormBase ParaSite team

WormBase, Alliance named Global Core Biodata Resources

We are happy and proud to announce that WormBase and the Alliance of Genome Resources (Alliance) have been listed as “biodata resources that are of fundamental importance to the wider biological and life sciences community and the long term preservation of biological data” by the Global Biodata Coalition (GBC). Congratulations to all and thanks to our users who continue to support us!

2023 C. elegans Community Mentor Match Program – MENTEE sign-ups!

The Mentor Match committee is happy to announce Phase 2 of the 2023 C. elegans Community Mentor Match Program – MENTEE sign-ups! 

MENTEES can be postdocs or faculty members at any career stageYou can be both a MENTEE and a MENTOR of more junior researchers if appropriate.

MENTEES, please sign up here by December 31, 2022.

See our fantastic list of 80 available MENTORS to choose from here.

As a MENTEE, you can:

  • Be paired with a specific MENTOR and/or join a PEER MENTORING group
  • Get advice about the next steps in your career
  • Get a broader perspective from outside your specific lab and institution 
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of other C. elegans researchers who have navigated similar paths or challenges

For further information about the program, please see this link.

Please forward this email to any C. elegans postdocs or faculty members who you think might be interested in this program.

With best wishes,

– The C. elegans Community Mentor Match committee for 2022-23

Meera Sundaram 
Andrea Calixto Mohor
Heather Bennett
Brent Derry
Jon Hibshman
Massimo Hilliard
Sandhya Koushika
Jeff Medley
Dan Shaye
Sander van den Heuvel

Register for the UK Worm Meeting 2023!

The upcoming UK Worm Meeting is hosted at the University of East Anglia on 13th January 2023. This one-day event will bring together researchers working with C. elegans or researchers working with other nematodes who use shared resources, technologies and expertise. The event will cover a variety of topics including ageing, developmental biology and gene regulation.

The abstract submission deadline is 9th December 2022. Please send your abstracts directly to worm.meeting@uea.ac.uk after completing your registration. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you want to be considered for a short talk, poster presentation or both.

Registration: https://store.uea.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-science/bio/uk-worm-meeting

-2023 UK Worm Meeting Organizers