New and Updated Online Tutorials for Ensembl Legacy and Overview of Genome Browsers

Comprehensive tutorials on the publicly available Ensembl and an overview of genome browsers enable researchers to quickly and effectively use these invaluable resources.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 26, 2010 — OpenHelix today announced the availability of a new tutorial on Ensembl, and an updated tutorial suite on the Overview of Genome Browsers.

Ensembl is a genome browser to visualize and analyze human and many other species genomes. Though Ensembl recently updated the browser software, many species genome browsers still use the older versions of the browser. OpenHelix has a tutorial on the latest version, and has now created a new tutorial, Ensembl Legacy, to acquaint researchers with the older versions they might encounter. Overview of Genome Browsers is an updated tutorials which introduces researchers to some of the more popular genome browsers including Ensembl, Map Viewer, UCSC Genome Browser, the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) browser and the GBrowse software. These two tutorials, in conjunction with larger, in-depth OpenHelix tutorials on UCSC Genome and Table Browsers, GBrowse. IMG, IMG/M, Ensembl and MapViewer and others will give you a set of training resources to help be efficient and effective at accessing and analyzing genome data.

The tutorial suites, available through an annual OpenHelix subscription, contain an online, narrated, multimedia tutorial, which runs in just about any browser connected to the web, along with slides with full script, handouts and exercises. With the tutorials, researchers can quickly learn to effectively and efficiently use these resources. The scripts, handouts and other materials can also be used as a reference or for training others.

These tutorials will teach users:

Ensembl Legacy

*about the Ensembl software and its developers
*how to access older versions of the browser from the Ensembl archive
*the differences and similarities between versions
*about some example installations of Ensembl at other databases

Overview of Genome Browsers

*where to find these 5 useful tools
*an overview of the organization and display features
*some guidance on how or why to choose a given browser for your research needs
To find out more about these and over 85 other tutorial suites visit the OpenHelix Catalog and OpenHelix. Or visit the OpenHelix Blog for up-to-date information on genomics and genomics resources.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, ( provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.