The common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum (formerly in the genus Achaearanea) is a model for spider development and the evolution of arthropod embryogenesis and morphology. Recent advances in sequencing technology, bioinformatics, and gene function analysis provide unprecedented possibilities to explore the evolution of development and the origin of morphological diversity.

Our mission is to develop these tools for the use with our model species P. tepidariorum. We seek to create, organize, and maintain genomics and transcriptomics resources of P. tepidariorum. We work towards a comprehensive map of the spider genome and transcriptome, its expression and function, and its change during evolution.

This goal exceeds the capabilities and resources of individual research labs and requires larger investments in terms of manpower, money, and time. SpiderWeb brings together several labs with a common interest in the evolution and diversity of spiders. SpiderWeb labs share ideas, knowledge, experience and resources. Thus Spider Web provides an environment of collaboration and synergy to achieve our common goal.

Currently, we work on two projects:

1) Create, assemble and annotate the entire transcriptome of P. tepidariorum.

2) Create, assemble and annotate the full genome sequence of P. tepidariorum.

In the future, we will build on these projects to provide comprehensive genomics resources and expand our work to additional spider species.

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Updated: October 23, 2012
Online: September 7, 2012
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