Ensembl announces the release of http://ncbi36.ensembl.org. This Ensembl site is for users who still need access to the NCBI36 human assembly. It is actually a complete copy of the Ensembl 54 release which was the last Ensembl release containing NCBI36.
Although access was already possible through the Ensembl archive sites, the new ncbi36.ensembl.org site will provide better performance because it is running on separate hardware. Also ncbi36.ensembl.org provides Blast/Blat search support which the archives do not.
The main reason we have provided a dedicated site for NCBI36 is for two large projects (Encode and 1000 Genomes) which have some of their data aligned on this assembly. ncbi36.ensembl.org will only be up for as long as there is significant need for it. We will be reviewing usage in Spring 2010 and currently plan to remove the site by Summer 2010. After that time users will still be access the NCBI36 assembly via the archive sites, there just won’t be a dedicated site for it anymore.