Announcing WormBase ParaSite Release 9

We are pleased to announce the ninth release of WormBase ParaSite.  In this release, we have included genomes for two new species (Ditylenchus destructor – PRJNA312427 and Taenia saginata – PRJNA71493) and an additional alternative genome for one species (Taenia asiatica – PRJNA299871).  This brings the total number of genomes to 134, representing 114 species.  Additionally, all WormBase core species have been updated to release WS258.

As part of this release, we have introduced a new genome browser: JBrowse (example for S. mansoni).  This offers a fast and interactive experience for all genomes.  Custom tracks can be attached directly from a local computer, without needing to upload any data.  This makes JBrowse ideal for visualising large data files, without the need to download or install any additional software.  Other features include combination tracks for visualising multiple files as a single track, and sequence search tracks for locating short sequence motifs within the genome.

Travel bursaries announced for Hydra conference

Up to 3 awards will be made for early-career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to support participation at the meeting; the bursaries will cover registration fees (GBP 495, approx USD 625), and a sum of USD 1000 towards airfare and ground transportation costs. Awardees will be selected on the basis of Abstracts submitted to the conference, and a letter of application outlining the reasons for attending the meeting. Applicants should register through this website and send their application letter to Hydra@ed.ac.uk before the closing date of 31 March 2017.

Conference website: http://hydra.bio.ed.ac.uk/

 

Registration open for BSP Spring Meeting 2017

Registration is now open for the British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting, to be held in Dundee from 2nd April to 5th April 2017.

WormBase ParaSite will be present throughout the conference, including a workshop session.  We will also be available to answer questions and provide practical demonstrations.  More details will follow.

Abstract submission deadlines:
Oral presentation – 19th February 2017
Poster – 5th March 2017

More details and registration for the conference: http://bsp.uk.net/2016/10/04/bsp-spring-meeting-2017/

We look forward to seeing you in Dundee!

Molecular Helminthology Meeting in Cape Cod (19th-22nd March 2017)

Registration remains open for the “Molecular Helminthology: An Integrated Approach” conference, which will be held from 19th to 22nd March 2017 at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, Cape Cod, MA, USA.

Late abstract submissions are accepted until 31st January 2017.

WormBase ParaSite will be hosting a workshop at this meeting. Join us between 10:00 and 10:45 on Monday 20th March to learn more about WormBase ParaSite.

Further details and registration: http://www.molecular-helminthology-conference.com/

Planned maintenance: 26th August to 30th August 2016

Due to essential maintenance in our data centre, WormBase ParaSite will be operating an ‘at risk’ period between Friday 26th August 2016 until Tuesday 30th August 2016 (inclusive).

Whilst we will endeavour to keep the website online during this period, services may become unavailable without warning and you may experience degraded performance.  Additionally, we will not be able to respond to any help queries sent during this time, nor will you receive any acknowledgement of their receipt (they will be queued until the maintenance has completed).

Any urgent updates will be made through our Twitter account: @WBParaSite

Thank you for your understanding.

WormBase is recruiting

The parasite genomics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are seeking a talented Bioinformatician to work on WormBase ParaSite.

You will work on a range of data analysis, data integration and community-engagement activities for WormBase ParaSite, and will also actively participate in the exciting next phase of development for the resource. The main areas of focus will be:

  • Analysis, curation and integration of large-scale genomics data sets (e.g. studies of gene expression and genomic variation)
  • Development of the resource to support drug target identification
  • Customisation and deployment of annotation pipelines for parasitic worm genomes
  • Community engagement, including presentations and tutorials at workshops and conferences

Salary range: £31,033 to £39,142pa

Closing date: 12th September 2016

Further details and an application form are available on the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute website: https://jobs.sanger.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=1764&p_web_page_id=275243