SimpleMine Update: Biotype, GO term, RNAi clone and more

We have added new data fields to SimpleMine, a batch download tool for essential gene information. Users can now access biotype, GO term, and RNAi clones through this simple web interface.

We also added more information to previously existing data fields. All references, including books, reviews, meeting abstracts, and primary research articles, are now listed in the Reference field. For genetic map position, we display error rates of the genetic mapping data. In addition to all “live” gene objects, users can now search for pseudogene or “suppressed” gene objects. 

Changes to the web interface include: improved performance, species-specific or mixed-species searches and a search button for all genes in one species. There are 32 data fields in SimpleMine, organized into five categories so that users can quickly select them. 

Note that WormBase SimpleMine provides essential information for genes in nine nematode species. There is a prototype of the SimpleMine tool for the Alliance of Genome Resources with data related to human, mouse, rat, zebrafish, fly, yeast, and worm (C. elegans only):

Introducing Wormicloud, a text summarization tool

We are happy to introduce Wormicloud, a new tool that summarizes scientific articles in a graphical way through word clouds. This tool is aimed at facilitating the discovery of new experimental results not yet curated by model organism databases and is designed for both researchers and biocurators. Wormicloud is customized for the Caenorhabditis elegans literature and provides several advantages over existing solutions, including being able to perform full-text searches through Textpresso, which provides more accurate results than other existing literature search engines.

Wormicloud is integrated through direct links from gene interaction pages in WormBase. Additionally, it allows analysis on the gene sets obtained from literature searches with other WormBase tools such as SimpleMine and Gene Set Enrichment. URL:

You can also read the paper that describes Wormicloud.


Check out Venn diagrams for interaction data in WormBase

WormBase curates four different types of gene-to-gene interaction data: genetic, regulatory, physical, and predicted. These data are found in the interactions widget in each gene page. Aside from the predicted interactions, the other three types are curated with direct experimental evidence from the literature. Check out the micropublication which describes the Vennter tool. This tool is integrated into the interactions widget on WormBase gene pages and allows the visualization and analyses of interaction data.