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Freely available genome databases for vertebrates and other eukaryotic species. Users can browse or search genomes as well as DNA and protein sequences. The site also links to the Ensembl blog with updates on new species and sequences as they are added to the database. Their goal is to automatically annotate the genome, integrate this annotation with other available biological data and make all this publicly available via the web. The range of available data has also expanded to include comparative genomics, variation and regulatory data. Ensembl allows you to: * Upload and analyze your data and save it to your Ensembl account * Search for a DNA or protein sequence using BLAST or BLAT * Fetch only the data you want from the public database, using the Perl API * Download the databases via FTP in FASTA, MySQL and other formats * Mine Ensembl with BioMart and export sequences or tables in text, HTML, or Excel format The DNA sequences and assemblies used in the Ensembl genebuild are provided by various projects around the world Ensembl has entered into an agreement with UCSC and NCBI with regard to sequence identifiers in order to improve consistency between the data provided by different genome browsers.

URL: http://www.ensembl.org/

Resource ID: nif-0000-21145     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


gene, genome, annotation, regulatory, sequence, variation, metazoic, comparative genomics, genetic variation, regulatory data, dna, cell, chromosome, protein analysis, dna data bank, genomics, genetics, gene expression, protein, protein binding, rna, nucleotide sequence, nucleotide, gold standard

Funding Information

Wellcome Trust, EMBL, European Union, FP7, FP6, MRC, NHGRI, BBSRC,

Additional Resource Types

Database, Data Analysis Service, Web Service

Used By

NIF Data Federation, Monarch Initiative

Alternate IDs


Related To

Ensembl Genomes



Parent Organization


vertebrata, human, mouse, zebrafish, primate, rodent, eukaryota






Start date: 2000
Type: disciplinary
Deposit: Open (Accepting data for deposit) - http://useast.ensembl.org/info/website/upload/index.html

Listed By

OMICtools, Biositemaps, re3data.org


Free, Public, Acknowledgement requested, Apache License, v2

Original Submitter


Version Status


Submitted On

12:00am September 21, 2010

Originated From


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    Ensembl 2014.

    • Flicek P
    • Nucleic Acids Res.
    • 2014 30

    Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) creates tools and data resources to facilitate genomic analysis in chordate species with an emphasis on human, major vertebrate model organisms and farm animals. Over the past year we have increased the number of species that we support to 77 and expanded our genome browser with a new scrollable overview and improved variation and phenotype views. We also report updates to our core datasets and improvements to our gene homology relationships from the addition of new species. Our REST service has been extended with additional support for comparative genomics and ontology information. Finally, we provide updated information about our methods for data access and resources for user training.

    Ensembl 2013.

    • Flicek P
    • Nucleic Acids Res.
    • 2013 20

    The Ensembl project (http://www.ensembl.org) provides genome information for sequenced chordate genomes with a particular focus on human, mouse, zebrafish and rat. Our resources include evidenced-based gene sets for all supported species; large-scale whole genome multiple species alignments across vertebrates and clade-specific alignments for eutherian mammals, primates, birds and fish; variation data resources for 17 species and regulation annotations based on ENCODE and other data sets. Ensembl data are accessible through the genome browser at http://www.ensembl.org and through other tools and programmatic interfaces.