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Ensembl Browsing genomes

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This course focuses on genomes on the Ensembl website at  It provides a quick beginner's guide to the overall structure of the Ensembl genome browser.

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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.

DOI_disc_logo DOI: 10.6019/TOL.Ens-C-t.2011.00001.1

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