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Five questions you can answer using the NCBI Gene database

Class Details

The Gene resource at NCBI is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene. You can easily answer the most common questions and perform the most common tasks by starting in Gene. In this webinar you will learn about the structure and contents of the Gene resource and how to use Gene to answer the following questions about a gene:

* Where is the gene located (chromosome and position) in the genome assembly?
* What are the Reference genomic, transcript and protein sequences for the gene?
* What variations are present in the gene and are they associated with disease?
* In what tissues and under what conditions is the gene expressed?
* What are the equivalent genes (homologs) in other species?

Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak, NCBI

Link to handout and other materials:

Thursday, March 9, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Region/Office: National
Mar 9, 2017
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist

Class Overview

Bioinformatics Education introduces different topics and NCBI databases that support bioinformatics education and discovery, including the NCBI databases Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein.

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications is an introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system.  It is 16 week,  self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. It is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons.  This course is offered twice a year, generally Jan - May and Aug - Dec. 

  • Gain a functional understanding of molecular biology concepts sufficient to use the NCBI bioinformatics databases
  • Define bioinformatics, describing some research questions that scientists are exploring now using bioinformatics tools and techniques
  • For the Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein databases:
    • Describe what kinds of information are contained
    • Develop a search strategy for common patron questions
  • Identify where genetic and protein data comes from, and describe data quality concerns
  • Answer common patron questions, referring to appropriate databases
  • Find genetic information that is translated to clinical application
  • Explore the roles and activities of other librarians working in bioinformatics
  • Discuss public policy and ethical implications of bioinformatics data storage, access and use
  • Direct others to experts and sources of assistance