What can I do with Ensembl?

Ensembl has many features. Some of the things you can do are:

  • View genes, with other annotation, along the chromosome
  • View alternative transcripts (such as splice variants) for a given gene
  • Retrieve genomic, cDNA and gene sequences
  • For any gene, explore homologues and phylogenetic trees across more than 200 species
  • Compare whole genome alignments and conserved regions across species
  • View microarray sequences matching Ensembl genes
  • View ESTs, clones, mRNAs, and proteins for any chromosomal region
  • Examine single nucleotide variants (SNVs) for a gene or chromosomal region
  • View SNVs across strains (rat, mouse), populations (human), or breeds (dog)
  • View positions and sequences of mRNAs and proteins that align against Ensembl genes
  • Upload your own data
  • Use BLAST or BLAT against any Ensembl genome
  • Export sequence or create a table of gene information with BioMart.
  • Determine how your variants affect genes and transcripts using the Variant Effect Predictor
  • Share Ensembl views with your colleagues and collaborators

NB. This quick tour will not cover all of these features – the aim is to guide you so that you can explore the Ensembl website yourself. For a more detailed look at Ensembl, please see the full course: Ensembl: Browsing chordate genomes.