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This is the official wiki guide for using WormBase, a biological database of all genomic and genetic data of the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes. WormBase is developed by an international consortium of researchers and computer scientists.

To edit this Wiki, please create an account (click on the 'log in/create account' link at the top of the page). Before contributing, please see the WormBaseWiki usage guidelines.

Getting Started

Navigating WormBase

Searching for Data

Retrieving/Exporting Data

Community Tools

These are tools generated and or maintained by WB for the community.

  • Sequence analysis
    • orthology/homology predictors
      • Blast / Blat
      • Synteny Viewer
    • Cis-Elements (CisOrtho)
  • e-PCR

Reagents made by the community

  • Balancers
  • Transgene markers

Contacting WormBase

General Information

Staying up-to-date

WormBase offers a number of ways to stay up-to-date with new features and datasets, to make feature requests, and to ask for assistance with the database.


Internal Documentation

UserGuide:Display Tools UserGuide:Embryonic Cell/Time Correlation Table 1 UserGuide:Embryonic Stage/Time Correlation Table 2 UserGuide:Definitions for Life Stages

UserGuide:Full Text Journals UserGuide:Gene Ontology

UserGuide:Genetic Map UserGuide:How to Obtain Reagents UserGuide:Life Stage System in WormBase UserGuide:Nomenclature UserGuide:Nomenclature nematode UserGuide:Release Notes UserGuide:Wormpep file descriptions UserGuide:ePCR


  • What is WormBase?
  • Machine/Browser compatibility
  • What types of nematodes does WB collect data for?
  • What types of information does WB contain?
  • How are WormBase data organized?
  • How does data get into WormBase?
  • Can I view WormBase data offline?
  • With what other formats are WB data compatible?
  • Who are the worm community?
  • Who are the WB database people?
  • Who funds WB?
  • Who do I contact if I want to submit data?
  • Who do I contact if I see an error on the page?
  • Who do I contact if WormBase stops working for me?
  • What is an ontology? (What happened to my jargon?)
  • What is GO?

based on Reactome User's Guide