Today I wanted to look up a particular gene in the WormBase database. Rather than go to the WormBase website, I thought I would just search Google for the word 'wormbase' followed by the gene name (rpl-22). Surely this would be enough to put the Gene Summary page for rpl-22 at the top of the results?
Sadly no. Here are the results that I was presented with:
All ten of these results include information from the WormBase database regarding the rpl-22 gene and/or link to the WormBase page for the gene. But there are no search results for wormbase.org at all.
Very odd. Is WormBase not allowing themselves to be indexed by search engines? I see a similar lack of wormbase.org results when using bing, Ask, or DuckDuckGo. However, if I search Google for flybase rpl-22 or pombase rpl-22 I find the desired fly/yeast orthologs of the worm rpl-22 gene as the top Google result.