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National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Field Guide Course

NCBI Field Guide Course
Course to be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30th and 31st, 2007

Molecular sequence databases and computational biology tools are an important part of nearly all areas of biological and biomedical research. To assist life scientists in using these data and tools, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) offers "A Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources" at Washington University School of Medicine. The course consists of a 3-hour morning lecture followed by a 2-hour instructor-led computer workshop in the afternoon. During the afternoon session, students will gain hands-on experience with the resources at the NCBI site and will learn how to apply these resources in their specific research area. Course instructors are biologists on the User Services staff of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The course is free and open to anyone who would like to attend, however there are a limited number of seats, so registration is required. For more information, please visit the course website or contact Dr. Kristi Holmes at 314-362-4737 or

Detailed Course Information can be found at:

Register at:

Topics covered during the field guide include:

  • GenBank Database: description and scope
  • The NCBI Derivative Databases: RefSeqs
  • Database Searching using Entrez
    • Neighboring and Links
    • Entrez searching
  • The NCBI Structures Database
    • The Molecular Modeling Database (MMDB)
    • Structural Alignments
    • Viewing Structures and Structural Alignments with Cn3D
  • Similarity Searching using NCBI BLAST
    • Local Alignment Statistics
    • Scoring Systems
    • Using BLAST web services
    • RPS-BLAST (CDD Search)
    • Specialized BLAST pages
  • Genomic Resources at NCBI
    • Complete Microbial Genomes in Entrez
    • Higher Genome Resources
      • RefSeq and Genes
      • UniGene
      • Variation Data (SNPs)
      • The Human, Mouse and Rat genomes
      • The Map Viewer
      • Other Genomes

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