Ensembl: Browsing chordate genomes

This course focuses on chordate (mostly vertebrate) genomes on the Ensembl website at www.ensembl.org.  It provides a quick beginner's guide to the overall structure of the Ensembl genome browser.

A knowledge of some genomics is required, and some bioinformatics knowledge would be useful but is not essential. 

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Beginner
3 hours
DNA & RNA

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what Ensembl is and where the data come from
  • Know how to access and navigate the Ensembl homepage
  • Be able to search the Ensembl browser with a gene, location (a region of a genome), or polymorphism of interest
  • Know how to explore a region on a genome, a gene and a transcript
  • Understand where to view gene trees, sequence variation, and possible regions involved in gene regulation in Ensembl
  • Be able to view a sequence for a gene, protein, or a genome of interest
  • Understand where the genes come from
  • Understand the different ways the results are presented in Ensembl (including the gene, location, transcript and variation tabs)
  • Be able to export Ensembl data quickly and easily with the browser and BioMart