Ensembl Browsing genomes
This course focuses on 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.
Who is this course for?
A knowledge of some genomics is required, and some bioinformatics knowledge would be useful but is not essential.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Explain what Ensembl is and where the data come from
- Access and navigate the Ensembl homepage
- Search the Ensembl browser with a gene, location (a region of a genome), or variant of interest
- Explore a region on a genome, a gene and a transcript
- Determine where to view gene trees, sequence variation, and regions involved in gene regulation in Ensembl
- View a sequence for a gene, protein, or a genome of interest
- Determine how genes are annotated
- Assess the different ways the data are presented in Ensembl (including the gene, location, transcript and variation tabs)
- Export Ensembl data quickly and easily with the browser and BioMart
What resources do I need?
There are no specific resources required to complete this course.
- Why Ensembl?
- What is Ensembl?
- When to use Ensembl
- How to access Ensembl
- How to search Ensembl
- Exploring sources of biological data
- Navigating Ensembl
- A first look at our views
- Investigating a gene
- Investigating a transcript (splice variant)
- Investigating a genomic region
- Investigating a sequence variation
- Investigating gene regulation
- Customise Ensembl
- Manage your data
- Export data
- Download data with BioMart
- Bulk download genome-wide data files with FTP
- Ensembl tools
- Guided examples of using Ensembl
- Your feedback
- Get help and support on Ensembl
- Learn more
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 3 hours (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.
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