Updates relative to StellaBase v1:
(1) A new layout.
(2) An updated BLAST search tool from NCBI.
(3) Implementation of JBrowse for visualizing the alignment of reads or contigs to an assembly.
(4) Addition of 82 new searchable transcriptome assemblies representing 27.2 billion nucleotides of new RNA sequencing data from 3 different geographically isolated populations
(5) A new reference transcriptome assembly that encompasses the previously published ESTs as well as 3.6 billion nucleotides of next generation sequencing data from regenerating adults
The starlet sea anemone Nematostella
vectensis is a small cnidarian that burrows in the soft sediment of
estuarine habitats. Its native range extends along the Atlantic coast of North
America, with populations described from Nova Scotia to Louisiana. Introduced
populations are known from southeast England and several sites on the west
coast of the United States. In the 1992, Hand and Uhlinger
advocated Nematostella as a model
system for laboratory studies of development. In 1997, the first molecular study
of Nematostella was published by Finnerty and Martindale. In 2007, the genome was sequenced by the Joint Genome Institute, and a
profusion of papers using Nematostella
to study molecular and genomic evolution ensued. More recently, there has been
an increasing emphasis on leveraging Nematostella's
abundant genetic and phenotypic diversity for microevolutionary studies of stress
response and ecotoxicology. See entries for "Nematostella" on PubMed Central and Google Scholar