Here we will highlight how to get the most out of containers, enabling you to quickly start running any version of Ensembl VEP on a computer with Docker/Singularity installed. We have improved the Ensembl VEP Docker build process and updated our instructions on how to use Docker and Singularity.

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In this edition of our Getting to know us blog series, we introduce Arne Becker, member of the Infrastructure team at Ensembl who joined the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in March 2022. Arne transitioned from IT security to bioinformatics and his work focuses on enhancing the efficiency of data processing pipelines.

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Sign up for our virtual series covering the Ensembl genome browser and accessing Ensembl data via its REST API. Both workshops will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, with the browser course running from 10th to 12th October and the REST API course from 17th to 19th July (09:00 – 12:00 BST). Read on for more information and how to register.

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Today’s blog focuses on this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC). GSoC is an international program founded by Google in 2005 with the purpose of bringing together open-source organisations, and developers interested in contributing to open-source software and getting an exposure to real-world software development techniques. Host organisations list project ideas, and applicants discuss these ideas directly with mentors from the organisations and devise a project proposal to Google, who issue a small stipend to successful applicants.

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In Ensembl release 110, we have extended the analysis options available for structural variants (SV) in Ensembl VEP including more detailed molecular consequence predictions, more efficient integration of information from reference SV sets, support for breakend variant annotation and the integration of CADD-SV scores.

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