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Our purpose

When it comes to creating data, we have never been so productive. But the more we have, the harder it is to interpret and share.

CrustyBase aims to unite our scientific efforts by serving as a community database for crustacean transcriptome data. Find new datasets with the Data Browser, then use the BLAST tool to find specific sequences within them.

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Our data

CrustyBase started with a great dataset that we really wanted to share.

By utilizing the unique life history of the rock lobster, we generated a transcriptome series providing novel insights into arthropod development.

Ornate spiny lobster

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Contribute your data

If you have access to crustacean transcriptomes, why not share them with the world?

We allow two levels of data access, so you can even share data without exposing the raw data needed for publishing. We hope that this will enable more collaboration and prevent researchers from missing out on data that would have enabled discoveries.

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Bug fix: BLAST parsing error

16th August 2021

CrustyBase reported a bug on the weekend which was raised while trying to render a very short BLAST alignment (8AA!). The issue has been fixed.

Bug fix: registration form

1st August 2021

A user reported a rare bug in which the account registration form failed to create a new account. This issue has now been resolved.

Bug fix: BLAST SID format

1st August 2021

As a long-term solution to the patch applied on 8th July, we have reformatted the sequence IDs (SIDs) for all BLAST databases on CB. This resolves an intermittent error that would occur when requested BLAST databases contain identicle SIDs in their indexes. With the new formatting, SIDs are now globally unique across all CB BLAST databases.

Patched BLAST error

8th July 2021

Some CB users may have experienced an error running some BLAST searches - this error occurred when the requesed BLAST databases shared a common sequence identifier. Unfortunately this is a feature of the BLAST+ blastdb_aliastool that we use to concatenate BLAST databases on-the-fly. We have applied a temporary patch to the CB database which prevents this error from occuring - you may notice that contig IDs on some datasets are now appended with "_2", "_3" etc. We plan to update the BLAST tool soon with a long-term fix for this issue.

Upgraded BLAST toolkit

8th July 2021

Our BLAST toolkit has been upgraded to version 2.11.0+. All BLAST databases have been rebuilt for compatability.