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Genomes, Browsers, and Databases: Data-Mining Tools for Integrated Genomic Databases

Genomes, Browsers, and Databases: Data-Mining Tools for Integrated Genomic Databases

by Peter Schattner


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Genomes, Browsers, and Databases: Data-Mining Tools for Integrated Genomic Databases

The recent explosive growth of biological data has lead to a rapid increase in the number of molecular biology databases. Held in many different locations and often using varying interfaces and non-standard data formats, integrating and comparing data from these multiple databases can be difficult and time-consuming. This book provides an overview of the key tools currently available for large-scale comparisons of gene sequences and annotations, focusing on the databases and tools from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Ensembl, and the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Written specifically for biology and bioinformatics students and researchers, it aims to give an appreciation for the methods by which the browsers and their databases are constructed, enabling readers to determine which tool is the most appropriate for their requirements. Each chapter contains a summary and exercises to aid understanding and promote effective use of these important tools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521711326
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2008
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Originally trained as a theoretical physicist, Peter Schattner is currently a computational biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). His principal research interests are in the genome-wide identification and characterization of non-protein-coding RNA genes and cis-regulatory mRNA motifs. Dr. Schattner has taught bioinformatics courses at the University of California and California State University and has worked in the research and development of medical ultrasound and magnetic resonance instrumentation at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) and Diasonics, Inc. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and was leader of the team that received the 1990 Matzuk Award for technical innovation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Table of Contents

1. The molecular biology data explosion; 2. Introduction to genome browsing with the UCSC Genome Browser; 3. Browsing with Ensembl, Map Viewer and other genome browsers; 4. Interactive genome-database batch querying; 5. Interactive batch post-processing with Galaxy; 6. Introduction to programmed querying; 7. Using the Ensembl API; 8. Programmed querying with Ensembl, continued; 9. Introduction to the UCSC API; 10. More advanced application using the UCSC API; 11. Customized genome databases; 12. Genomes, browsers, databases - the future.

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