CS111 Introduction to Genome Browsers
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This course will provide a general introduction to genome browsers to acquaint the researcher on the use and data available on several popular genome browsers such as the UCSC Genome Browser, Ensembl, NCBI Map Viewer and Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG). There are several publicly available genome browsers (see course outline) that allow researchers to access annotated data on a large number of genomes. These genome browsers are excellent resources for data discovery and analysis. This course is targeted towards researchers who are not acquainted with these genome browsers or who wish to learn to use these tools more effectively. The course will go over the basic use of each genome browser and some of the data and tools available to them. The user will also get a good overview of comparisons and contrasts between these browsers.
No experience is required, although prior experience with any other programming language will be helpful. Math skills will also be useful.
Each class is approximately 90 minutes long, each would include about 45 minutes of introduction (where attendees can follow along on the browser) and another 45 minutes of hands-on project exercises.
- Day 1: Introduction: General overview of genome browsers and characteristics.
- UCSC Genome Browser: Introduction to the UCSC (University of California, Santa Cruz) Genome Browser, a comprehensive database of human and dozens of other species genomic data. These data are presented in easy to understand graphical interface with annotated data from sources from around the world.
- Day 2: An introduction to some advanced topics of the UCSC Genome Browser will include several useful analysis tools such as the Gene Sorter and a powerful advanced search (Table Browser).
- Day 3: Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser is an extensive browser with a large number and variety of genomes. A joint project of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and the Sanger Institute, Ensembl gives the user the ability to browse an annotated graphical display of the genome, add user generated data for viewing and research, complete an advanced search (BioMart) of the data and much more.
- Day 4: Map Viewer: Map Viewer is a genome viewing browser from the NCBI. Map Viewer organizes and displays dozens of species genomes, and provides additional context with appropriate annotations for the genomic sequences. Extensive integration with other NCBI tools enables researchers to link quickly to relevant additional details.
- Day 5: Integrated Microbial Genomics (IMG): A data management platform for analyzing microbial genomes, and integrates data from not only the Joint Genome Institute projects but many other public information resources as well. At the IMG system, you can search for genes by keyword or BLAST searches, you can search for genes phylogenetically among many organisms, and you can browse for information by organism. From search results, you can follow links to various data ranging from protein functions to taxonomic lineages.
Conclusion: General summary and a compare and contrast of genome browsers.
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Tuition & discounts
- Live instruction held on-line
- For-profit & government: $1,000 USD
- Non-profit & self-pay: $600 USD
- Live instruction held on-site
- For-profit & government: $1,200 USD
- Non-profit & self-pay: $800 USD
- On-demand instruction held on-line
- For-profit & government: $600 USD
- Non-profit & self-pay: $400 USD
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).
The necessary software, lecture notes and exercises will be provided.
Live instruction held on-line
On-line/live courses use the WebEx on-line meeting system. Access information will be provided prior to the start of the course. Unless otherwise noted, each lecture begins at 16:00 GMT and runs for about two hours, depending on the topics covered.
For those who cannot attend the lectures at those times, the lectures will be recorded and placed on the course website as AVI video files each day, within one day. Students will also be able to communicate with the instructor and other students via the course forums. Lecture attendance is therefore not required.
Since this will be an interactive, hands-on workshop, all attendees will need a computer with a broadband Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster is strongly recommended for those watching the live lecture), a sound card with speakers, a modern Web browser, and Java. A microphone and webcam are not required but may be used.
This course is certified by the Bioinformatics Organization, Inc., the largest international affiliation in the field, and it will count as 6 "Continuing Scientific Education" (CSE) units (one unit per contact hour) within the Organization. Students completing the course will receive a certificate attesting to that.
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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