Ok, say you get a genome. What next?

There may be a lot of opportunity to get one’s genome of interest sequenced in the near future.  And I don’t only mean your own personal genome–I mean your species of interest.  There should be academic centers and service providers who offer genome sequencing at increasingly reasonable pricing soon.

So let’s say you get your favorite sample done: what next?  We have talked about how cool it is to be able to use the GBrowse or WebGBrowse tools to display your data.  But that is missing a step, actually.  To get appropriate data to display you need to annotate your genome.  You need to curate your genome.  The GMOD suite offers some tools to do this–Apollo can be a part of your strategy. JCVI has an annotation service for prokaryotic genomes that uses Manatee. They frequently offer a prokaryotic annotation course around that process as well.

But the other day I heard about another option that I thought I would mention: the BLAST2GO team is announcing a course on Automated Functional Annotation and Genome Mining.  Here is their announcement via the GOFriends mailing listpersonally I would choose the one in Valencia :)


•Are you working in sequencing projects?
(EST projects, Next Generation Sequencing, Microarray desing, etc… )
•Do no have thousands of novel sequences that need functional annotation?
•Do you need a user-friendly tool to functionally analyze your data?
The Blast2GO Team is very pleased to announce:


In this course you will learn tools and tips for functional
annotation, visualization and analysis of novel sequence data making use of Blast2GO.

The course will be offered to 35 participants at 2 locations:
•Valencia, Spain: 28 to 30, September 2009
•Florida, USA: 14 to 16, October, 2009
For more information and registration until the 1 of September please visit:

But Florida in October wouldn’t be a bad option either!

For more information about just the BLAST2GO part, check out this site: http://blast2go.org/