Release VB-2015-02

We are pleased to announce the February release of VectorBase (VB-2015-02):

  • Gene set updates have been produced for four Glossina species. Low quality gene models that lack support have been demoted for Glossina austeni (3051 genes), G. brevipalpis (4894 genes), G. fuscipes (3123 genes) and G. pallidipes (2653 genes).
  • New variation datasets for Ixodes scapularis.
  • The latest Drosophila assembly and gene set (FlyBase 6.02) have been used to construct updates to the proten coding gene trees, and new genome pairwise alignments between D. melanogaster, Anopheles gambiae, and Aedes aegypti.
  • Whole genome pairwise alignments have been constructed between all Anophelines in the An. gambiae complex (An. arabiensis, An. coluzzii, An. gambiae, An. melas, An. merus, An.quadriannulatus), and between the different reference strains for Anopheles sinensis and Anopheles stephensi.
  • A major new differential gene expression via RNA-seq dataset has been added to the genome browser. Gene expression levels in a number of Anopheles gambiae cell lines are now available.
  • Five new Web Apollo instances are available for access through Web Apollo.
  • New versions of VectorBase-supported ontologies added to the ontology browser and also available for download.
  • Spatial search by center geo-coordinates and radius is now available in Advanced Search for Population Biology data.
  • Two new insecticide resistance studies added for South America.
  • Please note that the VectorBase Galaxy server has been changed to an HTTPS connection. Please change your bookmarks to
  • The Galaxy server has been updated to the latest software version (January 2015 Stable Release).
  • New documentation material for gene manual annotations using Web Apollo, which includes a decision tree, a video tutorial, practice exercises (in a demo site), updated FAQs and more.
  • Check our tutorials section called "Other Bioinformatic Resources", in this release it includes resources for K-12 and undergraduates in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, phylogenetics and genomics.

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