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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If you’re really delving into the role of a particular genetic variant, you might want to know about that base position in other species. VEP can get you ancestral alleles in human and conservation scores in many species for a variant position allowing you to assess if a position is evolutionarily important, or if an allele matches our primate ancestors.

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Both Ensembl release 97 and Ensembl Genomes release 44 are scheduled for mid- to late-June.

Included are a number of new livestock, fish, metazoan, plant, and protist genomes and genebuilds, as well as updates to the mouse and human GENCODE annotation and the human regulatory build.

Read on to see further details of the new data you can look forward to.

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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.