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We have funded and invested in a number of resources that are available for the bioscience community to use. Some of them are listed below. The operators of these resources should be contacted directly regarding their use.

Bioinformatics and computation
Biological resources
Data sharing and data resources
Data visualisation
Imaging resources
Molecular biology
Protein structure and function
Systems approaches to biology
Other resources

Bioinformatics and computation

European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

An academic organisation, based in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire that forms part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

EBI is a centre for research and services in bioinformatics, and manages databases of biological data including nucleic acid, protein sequences and macromolecular structures.

EBI undertakes a series of training activities throughout the year. Details of these can be found on the European Bioinformatics Institute website.

Collaborative Computational Projects (CCP)

The CCPs bring together leading UK expertise in key fields of computational research to tackle large-scale scientific software development, maintenance and distribution projects. BBSRC currently supports CCP4 Software for Macromolecular X-Ray Crystallography (currently funded 2014-2019). CCP4 was initially set up in 1979 to support collaboration between computational and macromolecular crystallography researchers. It has a large number of software resources for people to access. Further details can be found on the CCP4 website.

See a full list of current CCPs projects.

BBSRC has previously provided funding to CCPN (NMR) and CCPBioSim (Biomolecular Simulation).

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Biological resources

Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (NASC)

BBSRC supports the NASC - European Arabidopsis Stock Centre, which provides seed and information resources to the International Arabidopsis Genome Programme and the wider research community. NASC provides free access to GARNet, a UK Arabidopsis functional genomics network, and UK CropNet, a crop bioinformatics network.

A small charge is made for seeds to cover the cost of production, storage and postage.

The Roslin Institute Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Resource Centre

The Roslin Institute's TSE Resource Centre collects, stores, characterises, produces and distributes a range of reagents needed for TSE research. These reagents range from monoclonal antibodies to infective materials.

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Data sharing and data resources

The following resources may be of use when planning your data sharing strategy:

Nucleotide databases

  • European Nucleotide Archive - also known as the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database constitutes Europe's primary nucleotide sequence resource.

Genome databases

  • FlyBase - database of the Drosophila Genome.

Genomic standards

  • FAIRsharing - Repository and community, linked to journals, of data sharing statements and standards in genomics and post-genomics.

Protein databases

Structure databases

  • Protein Data Bank in Europe - provides a variety of tools and resources for studying the structures of biological macromolecules and their relationships to sequence, function and disease.

Microarray databases

  • ArrayExpress - for gene expression data
  • NCBI Geo - curated online database for gene expression data.

Systems biology

Organism specific databases

  • FlyBase - see the genome databases section above
  • WormBase - the central data repository for information about Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes
  • ComBase - database for the growth kinetics of food borne pathogens.


  • BioGRID - database and repository for biological interactions.

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Data visualisation

BioLayout Express 3D

BioLayout Express 3D is a tool for the visualisation and analysis of biological data networks.

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Functional genomics for farm and domestic animals

BBSRC supports ARK-Genomics Centre for Comparative and Functional Genomics, a not-for-profit organisation based at The Roslin Insitute in Scotland. Projects will be carried out as collaborative ventures with ARK-Genomics. The resources are available for use at The Roslin Insitute or in your own laboratory. In line with BBSRC policy, all biological resources submitted to ARK-Genomics will be made freely available to all users.

Resources for the investigating gene function initiative

  • Arabidopsis: GARNet: co-ordinator Geraint Parry, PI Professor Jim Murray, Cardiff University
  • Drosophila: Flychip: Professor Steve Russell, University of Cambridge
  • Streptomyces: Professor K Chater, John Innes Centre
  • Cereals: Dr Graham Moore, John Innes Centre, joint programme with the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department (Scottish Crop Research Institute).


FlyAtlas - online atlas of gene expression in Drosophila.


RevGenUK - functional genetics research and reverse genetics.


miRBase - annotated database of published miRNA sequences.

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Imaging resources

The Open Microscopy Environment (OME)

OME Remote Objects (OMERO) is a client-server software platform for the visualisation, management and analysis of biological microscope images.

The Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB)

The EMDB is a data bank for electron microscopy data produced by a variety of techniques including single-particle analysis, electron tomography and electron (2D) crystallography.

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Molecular biology

The European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite (EMBOSS)

EMBOSS is a free Open Source software analysis package specially developed for the needs of the molecular biology (e.g. EMBnet) user community.

Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI)

ChEBI is a dictionary of molecular entities focused on small chemical compounds.

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Protein structure and function


DichroWeb - online resource for protein circular dichroism deconvolution software.


SUPERFAMILY - database of structural and functional annotation for proteins and genomes.


Phyre2 - a protein modelling resource for the prediction of protein structure.

PSIPRED - web-based workbench for predicting protein structure and function.


Jalview - a Java multiple amino-acid sequence alignment editor.

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Systems approaches to biology

A modelling portal for the UK Plant Systems Biology community

The PlaSMo Plant Systems Biology Modelling Portal provides access to crop mathematical models in a standardised format. The portal aims to ensure that mathematical models found in legacy formats do not become lost.

Systems Training in Maths, Informatics and Computational Biology (SysMIC)

SysMIC is an online course in systems biology aimed at researchers in the biological sciences. BBSRC-funded PhD students and postdocs should contact their supervisor about getting access to the course. Non-BBSRC-funded students or researchers should contact SysMIC directly

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Other resources

BBSRC funds a number of community resources through responsive mode. These are not listed. If grant holders of currently funded facilities/resources wish to be listed, please provide the following details to the contact below:

  • Name of the resource
  • Access provision
  • BBSRC grant reference number (if possible).

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Daniela Hensen