We are pleased to announce that Ensembl Rapid Release 40 with 94 new genomes is now live! With Rapid Release 40, we also introduce the first of many invertebrate-themed Ensembl Rapid Releases. The inaugural theme has an emphasis on scientific advancements in global food security. We have added 21 agriculturally significant insect species, which include organisms viewed as priorities in the pursuit of boosting fundamental biological understanding and insights into biological control mechanisms, both indispensable to increase global food production and availability.

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We are pleased to announce the release of Ensembl 108, and the corresponding release of Ensembl Genomes 55 featuring changes in the human default tracks, new genomes in Ensembl Plants and Ensembl Metazoa, and the addition of mitochondrial annotation for Tasmanian devil.

Genome assemblies and annotation for many new species are also being continuously added to the Ensembl Rapid Release genome browser.

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Global biodiversity projects, including the Darwin Tree of Life project, are producing a large number of high-quality genome assemblies. At Ensembl our goal is to generate high quality, evidence-based gene annotations for all high-quality assemblies, using the latest software components to ensure a continued high standard of genome annotation, even when the available data are limited.

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We are pleased to announce the release of Ensembl 106, and the corresponding release of Ensembl Genomes 53 featuring lots of new and updated data in this release including new and updated vertebrate, plant, worm and metazoan genomes as well as AlphaFold data for human, mouse, zebrafish, maize and soybean.

Genome assemblies and annotation for many new species are also being continuously added to the Ensembl Rapid Release genome browser.

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