SOT is providing this popular 1999 Continuing Education sunrise mini-course for free. We only ask that you answer a few survey questions before and after the course.
Bioinformatics was born out of a need to make sense of the coded data generated after the advent of DNA sequencing. Thus molecular biology saw not only an influx of computer analyses but also a visionary approach to the explosion of information—public databases of sequence information (e.g., GenBank). This short, basic course is designed to introduce the participants to the field of bioinformatics and will provide a background, both historical and conceptual, for understanding present and future applications of this technology in toxicology. Bioinformatics will be explained as a variety of tools, encompassing nucleotide and protein sequence analysis, structure and function prediction tools, genetic linkage analysis, and database mining tools. The vast array of databases available over the web will be introduced, as well as some of the approaches that one may take to use these data in a simple fashion (e.g., retrieval of GenBank information at a number of different levels).
You may download the course in its entirety or view it online through the links below.
Full course files:
The course downloads as a .zip archive. If you’re a Mac user, you need an unzipping utility such as MacZip or ZipIt so you can access the files. The course itself is designed to run in your web browser, whether Mac or PC. Simply open the index.htm file from within your browser, and you’re ready to go.