In the current genomics and personal genome era, it is ever more critical to access and analyze the vast amounts of biodata available to the researcher and scientist through the hundreds of available Internet-based bioinformatics databases and tools.
To enable UB faculty, staff, and students on South, North, and Buffalo-Niagara medical campuses to quickly locate and efficiently learn to use the most authoritative and peer-reviewed bioinformatics resources, UB Libraries is pleased to announce a Free Trial to the OpenHelix suite of >100 custom-designed online tutorial learning suites covering the major bioinformatics resources.
To display a full list of tutorials, click on the Catalog link in the left-hand menu once at the OpenHelix resource.
Example database tutorials include:
- Various NCBI and EBI resources
- Genomic resources including Complete Microbial Genome (CMR), Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI), Viral Bioinformatics Resource (VBRC)
- Genome Browsers including EBI Ensembl, UCSC Genome Browser, and NCBI MapViewer
- Small Molecules including Drug Bank
- Protein interaction databases including MINT and STRING
- Pathway databases including KEGG and REACTOME
- Protein Domain databases including Pfam and SMART
- Promoter resources including ENCODE and Melina II
- Mutation and variation resources including NCBI SNP and Database of Genomic Variants (DGV)
- RNA resources including miRBASE
Example tool tutorials include:
- ClustalW—multiple sequence alignment
- Cytoscape—visualization and analysis of molecular interaction and network data
- DAVID—analyzes large gene lists for biological function
- Primer3—designing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers
- Gene Ontology
Most tutorials are 60 minutes in length. They can be run from beginning to end or, through the provided navigational controls, restricted to specific chapter segments. Using a split screen or dual monitors, users can follow the tutorial with the live resource itself. The tutorials are useful for new users to begin to use a new resource efficiently, by researchers already familiar with a resource to learn new features and evaluate functionality, or to refresh knowledge about a specific feature.
Supplementing the tutorials are PowerPoint presentations, slide handouts and hands-on exercises providing a valuable resource for educators and classroom bioinformatics training at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
A companion search function is provided for users to locate highly relevant bioinformatics resources by word, phrase, or sentence both at OpenHelix and over the Internet.
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