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  • BI101 Introduction to DNA and Protein Sequence Analysis

    This course teaches the individual how to analyze DNA and protein sequences using computer software. Topics to be covered include description of sequence alignments, search, formats, and various command line tools such as BLAST, FASTA, HMMER and editing software such as Geneious, Jalview, etc.

    Session 1
    Fundamentals of DNA and protein alphabets, representations, patterns, structures and annotations
    Session 2
    DNA and protein sequence alignments: local, global and multiple; demonstration of tools to perform these alignments
    Session 3
    Sequence database searches using BLAST, FASTA and SSEARCH
    Session 4
    Additional DNA sequence analysis applications, such as gene finding, genome annotation and assembly

    This course is taught by Shailender Nagpal, M.S.


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    On-demand course tuition:

    • For-profit & government: $600 USD
    • Non-profit & self-pay: $400 USD
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    Live course held online

    This course might also be taught live, on-line. Please check the calendar to see if it will be held in the near future.

    Live, online course tuition:
    • For-profit & government: $1,000 USD
    • Non-profit & self-pay: $600 USD
    • See below for additional discounts.

    Registration deadline: When full

    Students who've taken the live course can continue to access their course pages here. (Access to completed courses is available to enrolled students only, because of privacy and confidentiality issues.)

    Live course held on-site

    We can come to your facility to teach this course. Please contact us for additional information.


    Additional discounts are available as follows:

    • Professional members: 20% discount
    • Limited scholarships may also be available for those residing in low-income economies (please inquire).


    This course is certified by, one of the oldest and largest international affiliations in the field, and it will count as 6 "Continuing Scientific Education" (CSE) units (one unit per contact hour) within Students completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to that.

    Refund policy

    For any course type, if a student is not satisfied with the conduct or content of a course, they may request a full refund within the first two days of lecture. After two days but within a week, a 50% refund will be granted. After one week, a 100% credit toward another course will be granted. No refunds or credits apply beyond those stated here.

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