Announcing WormBase ParaSite release 3

We are pleased to announce the third release of WormBase ParaSite (, the home for parasitic worm draft genomes and genomic data in WormBase.

This release includes a number of new genomes, data and functionality.  A summary of the updates is outlined in the release notes below.

New genomes
This release includes two new genomes:

  • Loa loa (PRJNA246086)
    Genome assembly and annotation from the Dunning Hotopp group at the University of Maryland, described Tallon et al (2014), PMID:25217238.
  • Echinococcus canadensis (PRJEB8992)
    Genome assembly by the BMHID group at Instituto de Microbiología y Parasitología Médica, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Genomics and Computational Biology Group of the CPqRR at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  The work is described by Kamenetzky et al (manuscript in preparation).

New data
RNASeq data for samples from three Cestode species: example region.

Tools update
REST API – From this release, we now provide language-agnostic programmatic access to the data in WormBase ParaSite via a RESTful interface.

New BLAST service – This release includes two important changes to our BLAST service.  Firstly, we have switched from using WU-BLAST to the faster NCBI BLAST+.  Queries may give subtly different results compared with the previous version.  Secondly, we have removed the limit on the number of species that can be searched at once.  This enables a query to be searched against (for example) all nematode genomes.

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