[ensembl-dev] differences in vep field types

D'Eletto, Michael Michael.D'eletto at YNHH.ORG
Wed Nov 1 16:34:31 GMT 2017

Hi Ensembl team,

I've been using VEP for the past year (release 83) and I'm trying to test / validate the latest VEP version (release 90).  We use the "--json" flag as the method of output, but noticed that the field types changed between release 83 and release 90.  Is this due to changes in the new "vep" script versus the "variant_effect_predictor.pl" script?  Specifically, some fields like "pubmed" and "clin_sig" were converted from arrays / lists to concatenated strings in the latest version, and other fields like "trembl" and "swissprot" were converted from concatenated strings to arrays / lists.  Just curious if this was intentional or a bug.  For example:

"pubmed": [20632448, 21356067]


"pubmed": "20632448,21356067"

Thank you,

Mike D'Eletto

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