Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology – a practical guide

Barker, D., Plaisier, H., Bain, S. A. and Attwood, T. K. (2019) Bioinformatics: the power of computers in biology – a practical guide. F1000Research, 8, 813. (doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1116842.1)

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This Practical Guide in the Bringing Bioinformatics into the Classroom series introduces simple bioinformatics approaches for database searching and sequence analysis. A ‘mystery’ gene is used as an exemplar: we first characterise the gene, then use it to explore the impact of gene loss in humans. Analyses are run both online and at the command line, the latter using Raspberry Pi computers running the 4273<i>π </i>variant of Linux (<br><br>Specifically, this Guide introduces a popular Web-based tool for searching biological sequence databases, and shows how similar functionality can be achieved using the Linux command line. On reading the Guide and completing the exercises, users will be able to: search biological sequence databases using the online program BLAST, and navigate GenPept sequence records; execute some basic Linux commands to perform a set of simple file-manipulation tasks; perform BLAST searches via the Linux command line; and evaluate the biological implications of search results, with reference to mutations and function.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bain, Dr Stevie
Authors: Barker, D., Plaisier, H., Bain, S. A., 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 © 2019 Barker D et al.
First Published:First published in F1000Research 8: 813
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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