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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

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In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

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UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
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Lunchtime Bioinformatics Workshop Series

Join Becker Medical Library for a lunchtime bioinformatics workshop series for graduate students, post docs, staff and faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. We'll introduce different bioinformatics resources and how they might be useful in the lab. The workshops will be held every Monday from January 26 through May 4, 2009.

Flavin-binding domain of the enzyme Flavocytochrome b2 (1KBJ)

The flavin-binding domain of the enzyme Flavocytochrome b2 (1KBJ) - this structure was solved by the lab of F. Scott Mathews, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry. Image rendered by Jason Maynes, Ph.D., M.D.

When: Every Monday
Noon to 1 pm
Where: Room 601B
Becker Medical Library
    Workshop Series Lecture Notes


Lunchtime Bioinformatics Workshop Series Schedule:

January 26: Introduction

  • Introduction to information - how to make sense of it all
  • Good sources of information
  • PubMed/myNCBI

February 2: Databases and Database Searching

  • Protein and nucleic acid databases
  • Scope and organization
  • Search strategies and information retrieval

February 9: Nucleotide Sequence Analysis

  • Restriction-enzyme analysis
  • Primer-design
  • Check for vector contamination

February 16: Protein Sequence Analysis, Proteomics

  • Motif searching, predictive methods
  • Digest, physiochemical properties

February 23: Genome Resources

  • Genome browsers
  • Genome pages in Entrez
  • RefSeq and Genes

March 2: Biological Pathways/Systems Biology

  • Databases
  • Tools and software (GeneGo, others)
  • Pathway visualization

March 9: Sequence Similarity Searching

  • Using BLAST web services
  • Specialized BLAST pages

March 16: No Workshop

March 23: Phylogenetic Analysis

  • Resources for phylogenetic analysis

March 30: Spring Break - No Workshop

April 6: Gene Expression Resources And Genotyping

  • Databases and tools
  • Data analysis

April 13: Variation

  • Genetic variation databases and tools

April 20: Structure

  • The Molecular Modeling Database (MMDB) and RSCB-PDB
  • Introduction to Cn3D
  • PubChem

April 27-28: UCSC Genome Browser/NCBI Resources Training By OpenHelix

May 4: Other Interesting Resources

  • WUSM resources


No formal registration is required, but seating is limited. Arrive early to guarantee a seat. For more information, contact Kristi Holmes at 314-362-4737 or

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