News archive 2018


12 Apr 2018

RNAcentral 9 is available

A new version of RNAcentral (release 9) is available. It features Rat Genome Database (RGD) as the 27th Expert Database, as well as new data from Ensembl, HGNC, PDB, and WormBase. Read more
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6 Apr 2018

Ensembl 92 has been released!

We are pleased to announce that the latest Ensembl update (e!92) has been released: Read more
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5 Apr 2018

PDX Finder - Free global portal for cancer models

First global online catalogue of Patient Derived Xenograft models helps cancer researchers save valuable time Read more
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28 Mar 2018

UniProt release 2018_03

UniProt release 2018_03 is now out with 111,982,257 proteins! Read more: Read more
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26 Mar 2018

Ewan Birney becomes UKRI-BBSRC Council member

EMBL-EBI Director, Ewan Birney, appointed new member of UKRI-BBSRC Council  Read more
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19 Mar 2018

ENA Release 135

Release 135 of ENA's assembled/annotated sequences is now available Read more
19 Mar 2018

New method probes gene expression by cell location

New method for single-cell sequencing analysis combines spatial and gene expression data, allowing scientists to redefine tissue identity Read more
SpatialDE: New single-cell sequencing analysis method to combine gene expression data and spatial data to redefine tissue identity. Credit: Andrea Danti / Adobe Stock
8 Mar 2018

Using robot avatars in bioinformatics training

In a first for EMBL-EBI Training, two postpartum students use robot avatars to study genomic medicine Read more
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7 Mar 2018

Supporters of women in science shine

Role models across the Wellcome Genome Campus recognised for promoting gender equality Read more
Left to right: Treasa Creavin from Connecting Science, Ewan Birney, director of EMBL-EBI, Elspeth Bruford from EMBL-EBI, Genny Kiff from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Mike Stratton, director of Wellcome Sanger Institute
6 Mar 2018

How did we domesticate sheep and goats?

Sheep and goats use different patterns of gene selection to achieve similar characteristics Read more
Capra aegagrus (wild species, left) and Capra hircus (domesticspecies, right)
6 Mar 2018

New releases: InterPro 67.0 and InterProScan 5.28-67.0

InterPro database version 67.0 and InterProScan version 5.28-67.0 for functional analysis are now available. InterPro now covers over 80% of the UniProt Knowledgebase and predicts GO terms for over 63 million proteins. Read more
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2 Mar 2018

The genetic risk factors for depression

Taking account of major adversity in life is important for understanding and diagnosing depression. Read more
Artist's impression of depression and genetics. Credit: Spencer Phillips/EMBL-EBI


23 Feb 2018

Illuminating the ‘druggable genome’

New method shines a light on unexplored sections of the human genome to find promising drug targets Read more
Artist's impression of the dark genome
22 Feb 2018

Revealing the devil in early cell life detail

Summary Differences between cells can have significant effects during early life and in the early stages of disease  A new technique, scNMT-seq, helps scientists detect these changes and examine their causes  The knowledge gained will be useful for efforts to detect diseases like cancer earlier. Read more
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9 Feb 2018

Study identifies new diabetes genes

Scientists identify a network of genes that could play an important role in the development of diabetes Read more
Artist's impression of DNA helix next to black mouse
7 Feb 2018

Cambridge selected for Health Data Research UK site

EMBL-EBI to work with other leading research organisations to transform UK medical informatics research Read more
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19 Jan 2018

Forthcoming changes to WGS and TSA sequences

ENA is making changes to provision of WGS and TSA sequences Read more
19 Jan 2018

Belgian PhD student decodes DNA and wins a Bitcoin

Three years after DNA Storage scientist Nick Goldman issues his ‘Bitcoin Challenge’ in Davos, University of Antwerp’s Sander Wuyts decodes the key. Read more
Bitcoin encoded in DNA sample, shipped to Antwerp
5 Jan 2018

ENA release 134

Release 134 of ENA's assembled/annotated sequences is now available Read more
3 Jan 2018

Europe PMC releases new search snippet feature

Finding relevant research literature just became easier with Europe PMC's new search snippet feature. Snippets reveal the most relevant article excerpts containing the searched terms and can be very helpful in navigating search results. Read more
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