Publication update 2008: improvements enabling more efficient data mining and comparative nematode genomics.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Jan;37(Database issue):D571-8. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn744. Epub 2008 Oct 21.

Abstract ( is a publicly available resource dedicated to the study of parasitic nematodes. In 2000, the Genome Center at Washington University (GC) joined a consortium including the Nematode Genomics group in Edinburgh, and the Pathogen Sequencing Unit of the Sanger Institute to generate expressed sequence tags (ESTs) as an inexpensive and efficient solution for gene discovery in parasitic nematodes. As of 2008 the GC, sampling key parasites of humans, animals and plants, has generated over 500,000 ESTs and 1.2 million genome survey sequences from more than 30 non-Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes. was implemented to offer user-friendly access to data produced by this project. In addition to sequence data, the site hosts: assembled NemaGene clusters in GBrowse views characterizing composition and protein homology, functional Gene Ontology annotations presented via the AmiGO browser, KEGG-based graphical display of NemaGene clusters mapped to metabolic pathways, codon usage tables, NemFam protein families which represent conserved nematode-restricted coding sequences not found in public protein databases, a web-based WU-BLAST search tool that allows complex querying and other assorted resources. The primary aim of is the dissemination of this diverse collection of information to the broader scientific community in a way that is useful, consistent, centralized and enduring.


Martin J, Abubucker S, Wylie T, Yin Y, Wang Z, Mitreva M.