Work continues on our exciting new website, which is available as a pre-alpha release. We’ve been consulting with some of you in various ways, such as interviews and meetings, because we want to make sure that the new Ensembl serves your needs. We’re now asking for your help with a short survey, which will just take a couple of minutes to fill in. Plus, you can enter into a draw to win an EMBL-EBI t-shirt.

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Due to server migration during Saturday evening (11th May), this blog ( will be intermittently unavailable during the weekend 11-12th May 2019. The Ensembl websites ( and will not be affected, so you can access these as normal.

We are expecting that the blog will be available as normal from Monday 13th May.

If you have any questions regarding this downtime, please do email us, or follow our twitter account @ensembl to keep up-to-date on announcements.

For some years we have made our database admin interface publicly available via the Ensembl “public-plugins” repository, allowing you to edit certain fields in your core databases via a web form. However we are now using an alternative interface developed by our production team (written in Python), and will therefore be retiring the old plugin in release 97 (scheduled for June 2019).

If you are currently using the plugin and would like to know more about migrating your project to the new code, please contact us and we’ll try to help!

The RefSeq column on our gene pages has changed.

We’re moving towards a more unified gene-set with RefSeq, with biologically important transcripts being highlighted as MANE. This means displays you’re used to seeing will be updated to reflect these changes, and this may affect the way you have been working with Ensembl.

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We’re fortunate to be part of the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), which puts us alongside stellar bioinformaticians and resources in every discipline. From this, great collaborations can grow. We’ve already worked with our colleagues at Gene Expression Atlas and Reactome to embed widgets in Ensembl for viewing baseline gene expression and biochemical pathways respectively, but our latest collaboration is with the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe) to show genetic variation on protein structures.

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