Bioinformatics services

We maintain the world’s most comprehensive range of freely available and up-to-date molecular databases. Developed in collaboration with our colleagues worldwide, our services let you share data, perform complex queries and analyse the results in different ways. You can work locally by downloading our data and software, or use our web services to access our resources programmatically.

DNA & RNA

genes, genomes & variation

Gene expression

RNA, protein & metabolite expression

Proteins

sequences, families & motifs

Structures

Molecular & cellular structures

Systems

reactions, interactions & pathways

Chemical biology

chemogenomics & metabolomics

Ontologies

taxonomies & controlled vocabularies

Literature

Scientific publications & patents

Other software

cross-domain tools & resources

Programmatic access

EMBL-EBI web services allow you to query our large biological databases programmatically, so that you can develop data analysis pipelines or integrate public data with your own applications.

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Principles of service provision

  • Open - Our data and tools are freely available, without restriction. The only exception is potentially identifiable human genetic information, for which access depends on research consent agreements.
  • Compatible - EMBL-EBI is a world leader in the development of global bioinformatics standards, which are key to data sharing.
  • Comprehensive - Thanks to our many data-sharing agreements, EMBL-EBI resources are comprehensive and up to date. We work with publishers to ensure that biological data must be placed in a public repository and cross-referenced in the relevant publication.
  • Portable - All of our data and many of our software systems can be downloaded and installed locally.
  • High quality - Our databases are enhanced through annotation: highly qualified biologists add value to databases by incorporating features of genes or proteins from other sources, and automated annotation is subjected to rigorous quality control.

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Bioinformatics training

Bioinformatics training