Overview Edit

The European Bioinformatics Institute is a database created by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The database is commonly referred to as EBI which is an acronym for European Bioinformatics Institute. The EMBL-EBI consists of 21 countries, and 2 associate countries Argentina, and Australia.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory Countries Edit

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Croatia
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Denmark
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Iceland
  11. Ireland
  12. Israel
  13. Italy
  14. Luxembourg
  15. The Netherlands
  16. Norway
  17. Portugal
  18. Spain
  19. Sweden
  20. Switzerland
  21. United Kingdom
  22. Argentina*
  23. Australia*

History Edit

What is now the EMBL-EBI database was started in 1980 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. The intent was to establish a database of DNA sequences, instead of having scientist just publish sequences in journals. The database ended up being a large success.

Due to the influx of information the European Molecular Biology Laboratory council decided to establish the European Bioinformatics Institute at Hinxton, United Kingdom in 1992. In september of 1994, the European Bioinformatics Institute was established in the UK. At this point in their history the EMBL-EBI databases consisted of the European Nucleotide Archive, and Uniprot.

EMBL-EBI Usage Edit

When first arriving at the EMBL-EBI site locate the search bar located in the center of the screen and type in the name of your gene, protein, or chemical of interest then hit search.

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The next step is to select an appropriate article for your purposes. To do this select what criteria the article of interest must meet.

Available Information Edit

EMBL-EBI freely provides data from available life science experiments. This includes data involving genes, proteins, or chemicals.

The information that is provided when researching a gene includes an overview of the gene, the length of the sequence, the mRNA sequence information, and much more.

Information included when researching a chemical is the structure of that chemical, functional groups of the chemical, its average mass, its charge, and much more.

Information included when researching a protein is the proteins biological role, important R groups, any applications it might have, and much more.

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References Edit

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Chandler, Vicki, and Mary Alleman. "Paramutation: Epigenetic Instruction Passed Across Generations." Genetics Society of America, Apr. 2008. Web. 03 Sept. 2014. <>.

"The European Bioinformatics Institute." EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2014. <>.

"European Molecular Biology Laboratory." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Feb. 2014. Web. 07 Sept. 2014. <>