As Ensembl continues to rapidly grow in terms of the number of supported species, we continually assess our provided resources effectively match the scientific needs of the researchers using them.
In order to maintain our BioMart service at its current performance level, we will be making changes to data availability in BioMart starting with the upcoming e99 release.
Following our consultation on simplifying our GRCh37 services, we have decided to remove all support for non-human data from our dedicated GRCh37 database from release 100 onwards in early 2020. This will impact the website at grch37.ensembl.org, the REST server at grch37.rest.ensembl.org and the database at ensembldb.ensembl.org:3337. Non-human data will still be supported on the e75.ensembl.org archive.
In response to feedback during consultation, access to the full data currently provided by the existing GRCh37 REST services will also be made available for at least a year.
Please see our longer post for more details.
On the 13th of November between 10:30-11:30 am (GMT) the following Ensembl services will have reduced functionality.
- Ensembl mirrors
By default VEP will tell you the consequences for every transcript affected by a variant. You may wish to prioritise your analysis to only the most important or well supported transcripts for each gene, and VEP provides information to help you do that.
Some missense variants have significant impact on the protein function, some do not. In the absence of global comprehensive functional assays of missense variants, the next best way to assess if a missense variant is likely to be pathogenic is through prediction tools which take into account factors like the chemical properties of amino acids, functional protein domains and protein conservation to predict how likely it is that a missense variant will impact function. A number of different missense pathogenicity predictors are available for human through Ensembl VEP, and these are are optimised for different purposes.
We’re pleased to announce the release of Ensembl 98, and the corresponding Ensembl Genomes release 45. We have a new Post-GWAS Analysis tool and a drove of pig and fish genomes.
We are considering the removal of support for all non-human species from the grch37.ensembl.org website and database from release 100 onwards, planned for spring next year. This is a copy of the data on our Ensembl v75 archive and has not been updated since 2014. We suggest that anyone working with non-humans switch to either the latest website at www.ensembl.org, or if you specifically need the older data currently on grch37.ensembl.org to use the e75.ensembl.org archive, which has a complete copy of all data originally released in Ensembl v75 and will remain active for the foreseeable future. If you feel that this change will have a significant impact on your analyses, please let us know.
NCBI has announced big changes to how dbSNP manages human variation data, which will be reflected in Ensembl. These changes include a new allele normalisation approach and the removal of some older population genetics data.
With all the fuss we make about our resources for human genomes, you might think the VEP was just for human; it’s not. We have really useful resources, like SIFT, phenotypes and caches for loads of other species in Ensembl.
Ensembl 98 (and Ensembl Genomes 45) are due out next month, so it’s time to pig-out on the tasty morsels we have to offer. As with all releases, we cannot guarantee that anything listed here will make it into the final release.