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DECIPHER V8.0 Released

Release 8.0 of DECIPHER is a complete re-write of the system and uses modern web and database technologies to provide a robust platform for rapid implementation of future enhancements. In developing the new version, we have taken great care to ensure that no existing functionality has been lost and wherever possible, enhancements have been introduced to make deposition, visualisation and data retrieval easier.

  • A modern, cleaner user interface
  • Enhanced Genoverse browser features
  • Improvements to deposition interface and phenotyping tools
  • Improvements to bulk upload of Sequence and Copy-Number Variants (including in-place editing)
  • Enhanced gene filtering based on OMIM, OMIM Morbid or DDG2P
  • Distinguishing between own projects and projects that are part of a larger shared consortia of projects (eg DDD, NHS etc).

DECIPHER celebrates its 10th birthday!

29th February, 2004: DECIPHER name formalised

5th March, 2004: website on development site

16th March, 2004: First DECIPHER workshop at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

DECIPHER with Sequence Variation Released!

DECIPHER now accepting sequence variation data

A significant upgrade to DECIPHER functionality has been rolled out. This upgrade brings many improvements and enhancements to DECIPHER including the deposition and analysis of sequence variants. Read more here.

Share your Research Data in DECIPHER

If you have high-quality research data (sequence or copy-number variation), why not maximise its reach by sharing within and via DECIPHER? Please write to for more information.

Genome Browser

Follow this short handy guide to the new genome browser in DECIPHER to make best use of its capabilities (available here).

Other News

Dr. Helen Firth talks to OrphaNews about DECIPHER - a valuable database for researchers and clinicians (Link)


DECIPHER: Database of Chromosomal Imbalance and Phenotype in Humans using Ensembl Resources. Firth, H.V. et al (2009). Am.J.Hum.Genet 84, 524-533 (DOI:

Authors who use data from the project must acknowledge DECIPHER using the following wording "This study makes use of data generated by the DECIPHER Consortium. A full list of centres who contributed to the generation of the data is available from and via email from Funding for the project was provided by the Wellcome Trust."

Please see Citing DECIPHER for more information.