The beginning of this week myself and Paul Flicek were in lovely Rotterdam at the Gen2Phen kick off meeting, an EU project lead by Tony Brookes from Leicester. Like all large European projects, the kick off meeting is a get-to-know everyone, have beers (very good ones in Holland) and get a feel for the project.
For me, the exciting thing was getting closer to the locus specific databases – in the project is Johan den Dunnen (from just down the road in Leiden, Holland) and Andy Devereau (from Manchester) who run locus specific databases and diagnostic databases respectively. Getting this valuable data coordinated with genome data (and the fiddly bit is about sequence coordinates, at least at first) is going to be great thing to do.
There’s lots to do in this area – certainly this is something that effects all the big browsers (UCSC, NCBI, ourselves) and has a had a long history of complex systems and sociological tensions in getting things sorted. But my sense in this small room hidden away in the Erasmus medical centre was that we had good people in the room, committed to finding a good solution whilst understanding the complexity of problem. Next up will be more technical meetings, but it was an excellent start. Don’t expect anything tomorrow, but I think we can expect something end of 2008/2009.
And did I mention the beer was good as well?
A pig assembly that includes chromosome 5 and 15 has been updated on our Pre! site. See here for further information.
We’re going to be experimenting with broader content generated by the Ensembl team in the Ensembl blog – at the very least by myself, Ewan Birney. So you can expect to read more about what we’re doing, the things which are coming up in the pipeline and our thoughts on how genomic infrastructure is going to evolve over time. Ensembl is a big team, with alot of components, so it is often hard to track what we’re doing and why we’ve made some decisions. This blog hopefully will keep you up to date with our progress in an informal manner.
Happy New Year from Ensembl!
Our upcoming workshops this month are as follows:
Browser workshop (University of Nottingham) Nottigham, UK 8 Jan
Demo at the PAGXVI Conference, San Diego, CA, USA 13 Jan (8:00-11:20 AM)
* Tutorials for EBI resources presented at PAGXVI are here
Browser workshop (Netherlands Bioinformatics Center) Nijmegen, NL 16 Jan
Developers workshop: the core API (Netherlands Bioinformatics Center) Nijmegen, NL 17 Jan
Browser workshop (City of Hope) Duarte, CA, USA 18 Jan
Browser workshop (University of Oregon) Eugene, OR, USA 22 Jan
Browser workshop (University of California, San Francisco) San Francisco, CA, USA 24 Jan
Browser workshop (University of California, Santa Cruz) Santa Cruz, CA, USA 28 Jan
Browser workshop (University of California, Los Angeles) Los Angeles, CA, USA 30 Jan
Remember, the next Ensembl release is due 26 Feb, 2008.
Ensembl is pleased to announce a new release (version 48) due on 11 December. Featured in the release will be a new gene set for pika and the mouse lemur. These species will also be incorporated into homology calculations and alignments. Further upcoming features include variations from dbSNP128 for mouse and a new rat strain, RNB1 (from Japan). The human variation set will also feature updated data from Dr. Watson’s genome, along with updates from dbSNP128.
Did you know about our new human and mouse databases (since release 41)? The functional genomics database (funcgen) is a first step into the world of annotating promoter and enhancer elements detected in the ENCODE project. See these features in ContigView (‘Regulatory features’ under the ‘Features’ roll-down menu) or access the data with our API.
Finally, a new database integrating tissue expression data and presenting it on the rat genome will be available as EURATMart.
Upcoming Workshops in December:
Module in the Wellcome Trust Sanger Open Door Workshop, Montevideo, UY 4 Dec
Browser workshop (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) Bangi, MY 4-5 Dec
Developers workshop (University of Cambridge) Cambridge, UK 17-19 Dec
Browser workshop (CNIO) Madrid, ES 18 Dec
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center, site of an EBI roadshow in November:
Ensembl released version 47. News highlights: New gene sets for mouse, human and C. elegans. A new mouse assembly (m37) is available with a new Ensembl gene set, also a new human gene set has been determined for assembly NCBI 36. WormBase 180 has been imported into the browser for C. elegans. A word of warning: the FTP site has been rearranged, so please check the site for the updated format. Click here for more release news.
New! An updated pig assembly and a new orangutan assembly in our Pre! site.
Upcoming workshops in November include:
Developers workshop at (CSHL, US) 30 Oct to 1 Nov
Browser workshop (UCL/Birkbeck College, UK) 5 Nov
Browser workshop (CSHL, US) 11, 12 Nov
Browser workshop (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam) 15,16 Nov
Browser workshop and EBI overview (UNAM, Mexico) 19-21 Nov
EBI Roadshow (Barcelona) 26-27 Nov
Have you seen our animated tutorials? Learn how to use BioMart to convert IDs here.
This new release hosts an updated zebrafish assembly (Zv7) along with newly determined gene sets for zebrafish, platypus and chimpanzee.
SequenceAlignView is a new page allowing sequences to be compared across strains (mouse and rat)/individuals (humans). Variations can be displayed in this view. See the sitemap to find the page.
Finally, three new videos are available in the help. See the video tutorials here:
More news is available on our website. Come find out what’s new!
The latest update of the Ensembl Genome Brower and associated databases occurred 13 June, 2007 (release 45). This release was coordinated with the publication of the ENCODE project in the journal Nature. The first stage of this project focused on an in-depth view of 1% of the genome, contributing to a set of regulatory features that has now been incorporated into Ensembl, accessible in ContigView.
BioMart 0.6 has just been released, including an improved layout and response times for result viewing. In addition, the query can be exported in Perl API format
via the new ‘Perl’ button.
Those are the major updates at this time.