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BioSD | The BioSample Database at the European Bioinformatics Institute

A database at EBI that stores information about biological samples used in molecular experiments, such as sequencing, gene expression or proteomics. The goals of the BioSample Database include: (i) recording and linking of sample information consistently within EBI databases such as ENA, ArrayExpress and PRIDE; (ii) minimizing data entry efforts for EBI database submitters by enabling submitting sample descriptions once and referencing them later in data submissions to assay databases and (iii) supporting cross database queries by sample characteristics. Each sample in the database is assigned an accession number. The database includes a growing set of reference samples, such as cell lines, which are repeatedly used in experiments and can be easily referenced from any database by their accession numbers.

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BioSD specifications

Unique identifier:
Restrictions to use:
Data access:
File download, Browse, Application programming interface
BioSamples Database
Community driven:
User data submission:

BioSD support


  • Helen Parkinson <>
  • BioSamples Team <>


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European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Funding source(s)

Supported by EMBL core budget provided by the EMBL member countries with contributions from the European Commission grants CAGEKID [HEALTH-F4-2010- 241669]; ENGAGE [HEALTH-F4-2007-201413 from the European Commission FP7 program]; BioMedBridges [European Commission FP7 Capacities Specific Programme 284209]; Gen2Phen [European Commission FP7 200754]; Diachron [European Commission FP7 601043]; a grant from the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council [award WT098503].

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