Nematodes are parasitic roundworms, affecting humans, livestock and other animals and causing diseases on a global level. Their impact, either directly or indirectly, is substantial, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.9 billion people are infected with nematodes. Additionally, nematodes affecting domestic animals or crops have a major impact on agriculture and exacerbate the global food shortage.
The nematode.net website aims at providing integrated approaches to accelerate progress towards developing more efficient and sustainable parasitic nematode control programs. It is the home page of home page of the parasitic nematode EST project at The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis.
It pulls together and provides a wealth of resources for nematode research, as well as fostering collaboration. Amongst the resources are:
HelmCoP - a database for drug discovery and protein annotation, NemaGENE and many bioinformatic tools for gene function and expression, comparative genomics, microbiome interaction.
For those not familiar with nematodes, a comprehensive multi-language presentation is offered: http://nematode.net/NN3_frontpage.cgi?navbar_selection=home&subnav_selection=introduction_to_nematodes