Coming orthology data changes in WormBase WS276

Many of you have written to us in the past and pointed out some spurious human orthology calls for elegans genes, most of these have been noticed in the gene descriptions that appear in the Overview widget on the gene page. WormBase now uses the DIOPT orthology data from the Alliance of Genome Resources and has increased stringency by displaying only those human orthologs that have been determined by three or more methods. This should significantly improve the orthology data in WormBase which is reflected in the gene descriptions. Note that this change will go live in the WS276 version of WormBase coming soon (late April, 2020).

Under stay at home? Consider submitting a microPublication.

Lab or university closed? Under at stay at home directive, doing your part to help slow the rate and spread of Covid-19? Need a diversion and a break from the news? Consider drafting and submitting a microPublication.

microPublications are brief, single experiment peer-reviewed publications. You can also sign up to become a microPublication reviewer.

Call to authors: provide complete information about genetic entities and reagents

WormBase requests that authors provide complete information about genetic entities such as strains, alleles, transgenes, etc., in published papers. Providing a clear list of the experimental genetic entities used, in the paper, along with complete information about them would make curating your paper easier and quicker, saving time and effort that curators spend in searching for such information and/or writing to authors. For example, if you use strains, please provide the complete list of strain names and their genotypes, including transgenes, markers and any additional components. Papers with incomplete information about genetic entities and reagents can only be partially curated or not curated at all, making valuable data about worm models of biology and disease unavailable to both the worm and biomedical research communities.

May 2016: 8 new labs joining the community

8 new labs have registered with WormBase and the CGC. Please join us in welcoming these labs to the community!

Alex Mendenhall ARM wam University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Hiroaki Miki CRB dcr Osaka University, Osaka, Japan website
Megan Hwa Brewer MHB nna Sydney Medical School, Concord, NSW, Australia
Suhong Xu SHX zju Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China website
Tamara Mikeladze-Dvali TMD mik Biozentrum der LMU Mnchen, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany website
Matt Crook TWP mxc Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Anna K Allen WDC ana Howard University, Washington, DC website
Wolfgang Fischle WFK cbd Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany website