Takashima, Y., et al., Cell (2014)

Advance in stem-cell technology

Scientists revert human stem cells to pristine state

Gibbon genome. Photo credit: OHSU

Gibbon genome joins its superfamily in Ensembl

The gibbon genome, now available in Ensembl, provides insights into the evolution of this singing, swinging, tree-dwelling ape.

RNAcentral launches

RNAcentral Station

RNAcentral (http://rnacentral.org), the first unified resource for all types of non-coding RNA data, has been launched today by the RNAcentral Consortium.

Service news

UniProt logo

03 Sep 2014

UniProt release 2014_08 and new website

We are pleased to introduce the new UniProt site and to announce the latest UniProt release 2014_08!
EMBL-EBI's DAS services are to retire

19 Aug 2014

DAS services to retire

EMBL-EBI Distributed Annotation System (DAS) web services will be retired by the end of 2015.
Ensembl logo

07 Aug 2014

Ensembl version 76 release

Ensembl version 76 has been released, offering updated data and new features.
The Human Proteostasis network, by Taipale et al

05 Aug 2014

IntAct dataset of the month: the Human Proteostasis network

IntAct Dataset of the Month: 'The Human Proteostasis network,' by Taipale et al.
ChEMBL - the database of bioiactive entities

25 Jul 2014

ChEMBL_19 Released - Now with Crop Protection Data!

ChEMBL_19 Released - Now with Crop Protection Data!
Reactome database of biological pathways

23 Jul 2014

Reactome: new publications available

New publications about the Reactome resource for molecular pathways now available.
Pathway analysis portal

23 Jul 2014

New Reactome Pathway Analysis Portal

New Reactome Pathway Browser integrates a suite of tools for pathway analysis.
Reactome: new pathways in release 49

23 Jul 2014

A baker's dozen: new pathways in Reactome release 49

Reactome release 49 features 12 new pathways in disease, metabolism, immune system, development and signal transduction.
UniProt news

11 Jul 2014

UniProt release 2014_07

We are pleased to announce that UniProt release 2014_07 is now out!
wwPDB accepts large protein structures

10 Jul 2014

World-wide Protein Data Bank improves representation of large structures

Representing large, macromolecular structures has been made easier by the wwPDB.

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Quick facts and figures

What is the European Bioinformatics Institute?

  • The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is Europe's hub for big data in biology.
  • EMBL-EBI was established in 1994 on the Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).
  • We have over 500 members of staff, including PhD students, postdocs, senior scientists, software developers, scientific data curators, grants officers, user experience analysts and many others.

What is bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the storage, management and analysis of data from life science experiments. One of the biggest challenges in biology today is analysing the massive volumes of data created in “high-throughput” experiments, for example DNA sequencing. Bioinformatics makes it possible to extract meaningful information from a sea of data. It provides the means to pull together many different kinds of information so that we can begin piecing together the great puzzle of how biological systems work. 

Some basics about bioinformatics

  • The storage capacity of computing hardware doubles every 18 months but new biological data are doubling every 9 months. These rates are increasing.
  • The cost of sequencing has fallen dramatically, and the major bottleneck in life science research today is data analysis.
  • Users of Europe’s biological databases range from clinical specialists to environmental researchers and computer scientists.
  • The EMBL-EBI website is visited by approximately 11,000 unique IP, or web addresses, a day. That could represent many more people because, just like phone numbers, an IP address might represent an individual or an entire organisation.
  • The data storage capacity of EMBL-EBI is approximately 40 petabytes (PB, or 1x1015 bytes).

What is EMBL?

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is at the forefront of innovation in life sciences research, technology development and transfer, and provides outstanding training and services to the scientific community in its member states. This publicly funded, non-profit institute is housed at five sites in Europe whose expertise covers the whole spectrum of molecular biology.

EMBL research units: Heidelberg, Germany (EMBL headquarters); EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK; Grenoble, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Monterotondo, Italy.

EMBL member states: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Associate member states Argentina and Australia.