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Increasingly, the old method of email announcements of new features is going the way of the dinosaur (but not fast enough for me). Here’s an example of the way to do this kind of outreach now beyond the mailing list–used the “News” category at Biostar.
We’re pleased to announce that the newest Ensembl release, e76, is out. The new release features:
- The new human genome assembly, GRCh38, from the Genome Reference Consortium.
- A new style regulatory build, where regulatory regions are predicted on the genome as a whole, and their activity is shown in different ENCODE, RoadMap and Blueprint cell lines based on ChIP-Seq data from those projects. Plus we have new easy interfaces to look at the supporting data in these cell lines.
- A brand new BLAST, featuring NCBI BLAST and shiny new easy-to-use interfaces which allow you to save and access previous jobs.
- Updates to the human and mouse gene set, now on GENCODE 20 and M3 respectively.
- Two new species: Amazon molly and Olive baboon.
- New quick and easy ways to BLAST or download sequences, as FASTA or RTF, from any Ensembl sequence page.
The new Ensembl release has some features you should definitely know about. I love that cell line piece–I went to check it out right away. I’d love to see more resources post their news like that. Anyway–go have a look.