• 18th March 2015 - 4 million Samples and counting ..

    The Biosamples database now stores over 4 million biosample records!

  • 26th February 2015 - Bioample database RDF data updated.

    A new Biosample database RDF data set has been released and is now available as part of the EBI RDF Platform. The new update aligns to the most recent data accessible from the Biosample database repository and has a few improvements in ZOOMA-based annotations.

  • 8th January 2015 - NCBI data exchange

    The Biosamples database now imports all public data from NCBI Biosamples database on regular basis.

  • 14th October 2013 - RDF

    The BioSamples database now offers access to RDF, and a supporting SPARQL endpoint as part of the EBI's RDF platform.

  • 23rd May 2013 - TCGA added

    Samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas have been added to BioSamples.

  • 8th March 2013 - Interface updated

    Following the EBI site-wide re-launch, BioSamples has an updated web interface. If you encounter problems or have any comments, please Contact Us.

  • 20th February 2013 - API avaliable

    An API is now avaliable.

  • 5th November 2012 - Interface updated

    An updated web interface has been released. If you encounter problems or have any comments, please Contact Us.

  • 14th June 2012 - Database updated

    The BioSamples Database has been updated, both with new samples and updates to existing samples as well as interface improvements. It now contains over 1.3 million samples and has links to assays in other databases.

  • 17th May 2012 - Announcement mailing list launched

    A low-trafic mailing list for announcements about the BioSamples Database has been created. Subscribe at

  • 13th April 2012 - SampleTab parser released

    The first version of the Limpopo-SampleTab parser has been released. See for more information.

  • 16th November 2011 - NAR paper available

    The Nucelic Acids Research : 2012 Database Issue on the BioSamples Database is avaliable for advance access from the NAR website.

  • 26th October 2011 - FTP available

    SampleTab files are avaliable for access via FTP at

  • 18th May 2011 - Website update

    The BioSample Database website has been updated. An overview and information on the SampleTab format for submissions is now available.