Change to disease statements in gene descriptions for WS279

Due to non-stringent human ortholog(s) and their associated diseases, C. elegans gene descriptions (displayed in the “Overview widget” of gene pages) often had spurious diseases associated with their human orthologs. With WS279, we imposed a stringency filter and only those disease associations to ortholog(s) called by more than one orthology prediction method are included in the gene description. This change has improved the accuracy of statements that read “human orthologs of this gene are implicated in <disease(s)>”. However, please note that this change has also resulted in the loss of such statements for several hundred gene descriptions due to the increased stringency.

The 23rd International C. elegans conference is anywhere and everywhere!

The 23rd International C. elegans Conference website is now live.

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Name: 23rd International C. elegans Conference

Location: Anywhere and Everywhere (virtual)

Organizers: Barbara Conradt and Piali Sengupta

Description: The International C. elegans Conference takes place every two years and features cutting-edge research in a diverse array of topics, including physiology, neurobiology, development, evolution, behavior, aging, ecology, gene regulation, genomics, and more. For 2021, #Worm21 has been reimagined for a virtual platform and will focus on early career researchers at every stage.

Website: https://genetics-gsa.org/celegans-2021/

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