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Video Tip of the Week: Explore Gene Pages at NCBI with Variation and Expression Information

NCBI has produced some of the most in-depth and reliable bioinformatic tools, in large part because they’ve been building them since the earliest days of the genomics era. ncbi_logo_black I once noted that I remember the oldest web interface, because it was one of the first places that I went for computational tools back in the day. Check out my post here with some of their older interfaces. I remember all of them.

But they don’t rest on their laurels. NCBI teams are always adding new tools, new features, and new data. Sometimes, though, I think that people take them for granted. Or they only keep re-visiting things they know. So recently they asked me to do a walk-through video about how I use the tools, so that I can show people ways they can go further than they might realize. This week’s Video Tip of the Week shows how I can add and explore a lot of data on a Gene page, to examine additional features: variations and expression data, right in the sequence viewer.  A lot of people may not even be aware these tracks exist.

This video provides a walk-through of how to explore variation data and expression data from Gene pages, using the sequence viewer that’s embedded right on the page. Enhance your understanding of your genes of interest quickly using these additional track options.

I hope this demonstrates how you can add more information to your genes of interest from gene pages, which you might already use. But now you can use them better. You can take advantage of the great depth at NCBI, while staying up-to-date on the tools.

Speaking of staying up-to-date, which is a big need in this field: you should definitely keep an eye out for new features from NCBI. My favorite way is the announcement mailing list, because it has details of new stuff, upcoming webinars, data releases, etc. But you can also watch their blog and twitter for new information all the time. They’ve been doing a lot of outreach–webinars, quick videos, and more. You should sign up to be notified, so you can stay current with the best data and tools. Check out their learning/webinars pages to see what I mean.

We are planning another video, and we’d love any feedback you have on this one.

Quick links:

NCBI Gene (subject of the video): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/

NCBI-announce mailing list: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mailman/listinfo/ncbi-announce

NCBI Insights blog: http://ncbiinsights.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

NCBI twitter: @NCBI

Learn (see webinars link): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/home/learn.shtml

NCBI YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvJHVo5xGSKejBbBj0A5AyQ

References:

NCBI Resource Coordinators (2014). Database resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information Nucleic Acids Research, 43 (D1) DOI: 10.1093/nar/gku1130

Disclosure: This video was sponsored and completed under contract to NCBI.