10 Sep 2014

RNAcentral release 1.0

On behalf of the RNAcentral Consortium, I am pleased to announce the first public release of RNAcentral, which contains more than 8.1 million sequences contributed by 10 Expert Databases and provides genome mapping for several major species.

A paper describing RNAcentral has been accepted for publication in the Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research and will be made available later this year. In the meantime, please see the EBI press release to find more about RNAcentral and its goals.

RNAcentral 1.0 follows a beta release which was made public in June 2014. Here are the highlights of the new data that were added since then:
  • RefSeq and RDP expert databases
  • VEGA release 56 including new human genome assembly, GRCh38
  • miRBase precursor sequences
  • ENA release 120 and all sequences released up to September 5, 2014
During beta testing more than 350 users from 45 countries visited the website, and many of them provided us with their feedback which was very helpful for us, so please let us know what you think using the contact form or get in touch on Twitter.