A journey through bioinformatics Explore resources from EMBL-EBI
This course will take you on a journey through time and space to provide a taste of the free resources and data that EMBL-EBI has on offer. Join this tour filled with challenges to explore and learn about various databases and resources.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who is interested in exploring databases and resources available for data oriented research in life sciences. To take this course, an undergraduate-level knowledge of biology would be an advantage.
This online tutorial is part of the Introductory bioinformatics pathway: A curated set of EMBL-EBI online courses, which provides an introduction to bioinformatics, a brief tour of the resources available from EMBL-EBI and more details about some of those resources, including Ensembl, UniProt and Expression Atlas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Describe the application of a number of EMBL-EBI resources
- Find the right EMBL-EBI resource
- Retrieve data from bioinformatic resources
- Identify where to find more information about bioinformatic tools
What resources do I need?
There are no specific requirements to complete this course.
- Let’s begin the journey
- Travel back in time to the Ice Age: Europe PMC
- Nice moves (genetically speaking): Ensembl
- Travel to cool destination (The Arctic): MGnify
- Travel to high altitude: ArrayExpress
- Future travel (Plants in space): Expression Atlas
- The joys of travel (food) part 1: IntAct
- The joys of travel (food) part 2: ChEMBL
- Travel challenges (jet-lag): Complex Portal
- Perils of travel: PDBe and EMDB
- The journey continues
- Your feedback
How and when to access the course
All our courses are designed with flexibility in mind. You can access them for free at any time, just click on the “Enter Course” button.
It is up to you how you use the course; you can either study the full course or you can focus on sections that are relevant to you. To jump between sections, use the navigation bar on the left or the arrows at the bottom of the page. You can also choose whether to complete the course in one go, or over several visits.
The average time to read through the main body of the course is 1 hour (not including exercises and external links). The time may vary depending on your prior knowledge and how you choose to work through the course.
Making the most of the course
Learning something new takes time and practice. We encourage you to:
- Use the activities and quizzes to help you check your learning, recall and apply key concepts. Look out for these icons:-
Activities Quizzes Videos
- Revisit sections as and when you need them. Bookmark relevant pages in your browser or use the navigation panel to jump the relevant section.
Getting help and providing feedback
If something isn’t working or if you have a question get in touch by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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