The Rfam Track Hub is back

May 14, 2015

We are pleased to announce the return of the Rfam Track Hub for the UCSC Genome Browser. This hub is available on our ftp site. The hub prodives annotation for the most recent assemblies eight different species at present: Human (hg38), Mouse (mm10), C.elegans (ce10), Chicken (galGal4), C. intestinalis (ci2), Zebrafish (danRer7), Drosophila (dm6) and S. cerevisiae (sacCer3).

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Say hello to Dfam1.4

May 13, 2015

With Dfam, we are striving to build models of repeat families that yield high sensitivity without undue false annotation.  In this release of Dfam, we have improved our model building strategy to reduce the potential for false annotation, especially in the context of overextending alignments around true interspersed repeat instances.

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Dfam 1.3 released

January 7, 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of Dfam 1.3. This release includes almost 200 new repeat families and updates the underlying human genome to hg38.

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Rfam 12.0 is out

September 24, 2014

We are pleased to announce the release of Rfam 12.0! Read the rest of this entry »

Moving to

May 1, 2014

Back in November 2012 we announced that the Xfam team in the UK was moving from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), just next door on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. On Tuesday we completed that move by switching off the Pfam and Rfam websites inside Sanger and redirecting all traffic to our shiny new home at You can now find the Pfam and Rfam websites at and respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Visualising & exploring TreeFam gene families

February 19, 2014

The latest TreeFam release 9 has 15,736 gene families. These families vary significantly in size (number of family members), conservation (alignment conservation) and taxonomic diversity (younger families that are only found in e.g. Vertebrates vs. older ones that were present in the last common ancestor of Metazoa).

Visualising & exploring gene families

We have always wanted to find a way to visualise our families according to the above mentioned criteria.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could easily see all highly conserved families or all families with >= 400 genes? Read the rest of this entry »

Short-term Pfam position available.

February 7, 2014

We have just advertised a 9-month maternity cover position in Pfam. We are looking for a skilled Bioinformatician to help us take Pfam into its next phase of development as we become more integrated into the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Degree in Science with relevant experience
  • Computer literacy (unix experience)
  • Programming skills in Perl, including OO Perl
  • Familiarity with writing production software
  • MySQL, or similar, expertise
  • Experience working with biological sequence data
  • Good communications skills

See all the details on the EBI jobs page.

Join Rfam, see the world

January 31, 2014

Rfam is recruiting! We are currently recruiting an RNA informatician to join our team. We’re looking for someone really enthusiastic about RNA and who’s interested in working with Rfam as we move to genome-based alignments and explore new technologies for the database and website.

If this is you, why not apply to join us as a Senior Bioinformatician?

We’ve moved, now the websites

January 30, 2014

In November 2012, we announced that the Xfam groups were moving the few tens of metres from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to the European Bioinformatics Institute. We warned you then, that the websites would also eventually move. Read the rest of this entry »

A version of for HMMER 3.1b

October 15, 2013

We’ve had a lot of questions from users recently, wondering why our script doesn’t work with the latest release of the HMMER package, version 3.1b. This is a quick post to explain why that is, and what we’ve done about it. Read the rest of this entry »


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