NOTE: The genome sequence and annotation for C. elegans are updated in Ensembl Metazoa approximately once per year. The data here corresponds with WormBase WS250. For the latest genome and annotation, please visit WormBase ParaSite (for an Ensembl-oriented view), or WormBase.

About Caenorhabditis elegans

The nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans has been a major model organism for basic biomedical research for over 30 years. Genetic and molecular research in C.elegans has played a key role in the development of our understanding of many important processes, including cell death, microRNAs and RNA interference, development, and aging. C. elegans was the first animal whose genome was sequenced (C. elegans Sequencing Consortium, 1998), and has been an exemplar in the application of genomic data to functional biology in animals.

C. elegans is a small, free-living nematode found in decaying plant material, especially compost and mushroom beds in temperate regions throughout the world. It feeds on the bacteria and other micro-organisms associated with plant decay, and is frequently found associated with snails, slugs, millipedes, mites and pill bugs, which are presumed to transport worms from one location to another. The animal has a short generation time, developing through four larval stages into an adult. C. elegans is hermaphroditic and distinct from the majority of other characterised nematodes which have both male and female adult animals.

Taxonomy ID 6239

Data source WormBase

More information and statistics

Gene annotation

What can I find? Protein-coding and non-coding genes, splice variants, cDNA and protein sequences, non-coding RNAs.

More about this genebuild

Download genes, cDNAs, ncRNA, proteins - FASTA - GFF3

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Variation

This species currently has no variation database. However you can process your own variants using the Variant Effect Predictor:

Variant Effect Predictor

Regulation

What can I find? Microarray annotations.

More about the Ensembl Metazoa microarray annotation strategy

Other data

Various other features can be viewed on the genome browser:

  • Alignments of C.elegans mRNAs, ESTs, OSTs and RSTs

About this species