UNIT 1.8 Searching WormBase for Information About Caenorhabditis elegans

  1. Erich M. Schwarz1,
  2. Paul W. Sternberg2

Published Online: 1 SEP 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0108s6

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Schwarz, E. M. and Sternberg, P. W. 2004. Searching WormBase for Information About Caenorhabditis elegans. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 1:1.8.

Author Information

  1. 1

    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

  2. 2

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 SEP 2004
  2. Published Print: JUN 2004

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WormBase is the major public biological database for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. It is meant to be useful to any biologist who wants to use C. elegans, whatever his or her specialty. WormBase contains information about the genomic sequence of C. elegans, its genes and their products, and its higher-level traits such as gene expression patterns and neuronal connectivity. Also, WormBase contains sequence and gene structures of C. briggsae, a closely related worm. These data are interconnected, so that a search beginning with one object (such as a gene) can be directed to related objects of a different type (such as the DNA sequence of the gene, or the cells in which the gene is active). One can also do searches for complex data sets. The WormBase developers group actively invites suggestions for improvement from users. WormBase's source code and underlying database are freely available for local installation and improvement.


  • Caenorhabditis elegans;
  • WormBase;
  • nematode;
  • genomic annotation;
  • gene expression pattern;
  • RNAi;
  • neuronal connectivity