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Fourmidable: a database for ant genomics

Yannick Wurm1*, Paolo Uva2, Frédéric Ricci1, John Wang1, Stephanie Jemielity3, Christian Iseli45, Laurent Falquet5 and Laurent Keller1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biophore, University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare, Merck Research Laboratories, 00040 Pomezia, Rome, Italy

3 Institut for Infectious Diseases, University of Bern, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland

4 Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

5 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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BMC Genomics 2009, 10:5  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-5

Published: 6 January 2009



Fourmidable is an infrastructure to curate and share the emerging genetic, molecular, and functional genomic data and protocols for ants.


The Fourmidable assembly pipeline groups nucleotide sequences into clusters before independently assembling each cluster. Subsequently, assembled sequences are annotated via Interproscan and BLAST against general and insect-specific databases. Gene-specific information can be retrieved using gene identifiers, searching for similar sequences or browsing through inferred Gene Ontology annotations. The database will readily scale as ultra-high throughput sequence data and sequences from additional species become available.


Fourmidable currently houses EST data from two ant species and microarray gene expression data for one of these. Fourmidable is publicly available at webcite