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 (www.ensembl.info) will be intermittently unavailable during the weekend 11-12th May 2019. The Ensembl websites (www.ensembl.org and www.ensemblgenomes.org) 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!