Bioinformatics: food detective – a practical guide

Bain, S. A. , Barker, D. and Attwood, T. K. (2020) Bioinformatics: food detective – a practical guide. F1000Research, 9, 628. (doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1118007.1)

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This Practical Guide in the Bringing Bioinformatics into the Classroom series introduces the idea of computers as tools to help understand aspects of biology. In particular, it looks at how DNA sequences can be used to identify specific organisms, why this is important in the food industry, and how this can be used to help detect food fraud. Analyses are run online using sequence data from the 4273pi project website:<br><br>Specifically, this Guide introduces a popular Web-based tool for searching biological sequence databases, and shows how to identify different species based on their specific DNA sequences – their ‘barcodes’. On reading the Guide and completing the exercises, you will be able to: explain what is meant by DNA barcoding; search biological sequence databases using the online program BLAST; judge the reliability of database-search results in terms of their statistical significance; and evaluate the biological implications of search results with reference to food safety.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bain, Dr Stevie
Authors: Bain, S. A., Barker, D., and Attwood, T. K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:F1000Research
ISSN (Online):2046-1402
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Bain SA et al.
First Published:First published in F1000Research 9: 628
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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