Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHello, and welcome to Week 2. In this week's activity, you're going to learn how to use publicly available databases to gain insight into the functions of genes and proteins. Often we are faced with problems of what these genes and proteins are doing in the different organisms that we study. This is when we turn to databases. Scientists have accumulated data about these genes and proteins for decades, and now all that is available to you by via public databases. During this week's activities, you're going to learn about databases and the bioinformatic tools that we can use to query them. We will do this by covering three topics. For homology searches, we'll use similarity between sequences to extrapolate function.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsWe'll also use bioinformatic tools such as BLAST to search for sequences. In biological databases, you will become familiar with complex datasets and learn to navigate them with ease. In sequence to function, we will annotate the proteins so as to assign a function. We will then use step-by-step examples to test your knowledge.

Welcome to Week 2

In this short video, we describe Week 2’s activities. You will explore publicly available databases and gain insights into the function of genes and proteins.

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Bacterial Genomes: From DNA to Protein Function Using Bioinformatics

Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences