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The Ensembl REST API: Ensembl Data for Any Language

OPEN Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) | 23 Sep 2014

A Yates, K Beal, S Keenan, W McLaren, M Pignatelli, GR Ritchie, M Ruffier, K Taylor, A Vullo and P Flicek
Abstract
We present a web service to access Ensembl data using Representational State Transfer (REST). The Ensembl REST Server enables the easy retrieval of a wide range of Ensembl data by most programming languages, using standard formats such as JSON and FASTA whilst minimising client work. We also introduce bindings to the popular Ensembl Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) tool permitting large-scale programmatic variant analysis independent of any specific programming language. Availability: The Ensembl REST API can be accessed at http://rest.ensembl.org and source code is freely available under an Apache 2.0 license from http://github.com/Ensembl/ensembl-rest.
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Compiler, C, Language, Programmer, Source code, Java, Computer program, Programming language
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