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Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Jan 4;45(D1):D650-D657. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw893. Epub 2016 Oct 3.

CeNDR, the Caenorhabditis elegans natural diversity resource.

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Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.
Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.
Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA


Studies in model organisms have yielded considerable insights into the etiology of disease and our understanding of evolutionary processes. Caenorhabditis elegans is among the most powerful model organisms used to understand biology. However, C. elegans is not used as extensively as other model organisms to investigate how natural variation shapes traits, especially through the use of genome-wide association (GWA) analyses. Here, we introduce a new platform, the C. elegans Natural Diversity Resource (CeNDR) to enable statistical genetics and genomics studies of C. elegans and to connect the results to human disease. CeNDR provides the research community with wild strains, genome-wide sequence and variant data for every strain, and a GWA mapping portal for studying natural variation in C. elegans Additionally, researchers outside of the C. elegans community can benefit from public mappings and integrated tools for comparative analyses. CeNDR uses several databases that are continually updated through the addition of new strains, sequencing data, and association mapping results. The CeNDR data are accessible through a freely available web portal located at or through an application programming interface.

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