OpenHelix Presents UCSC Genome Browser Workshop at African Virtual Conference

OpenHelix Workshop on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser workshop will be presented on February 20th at the first annual African Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics (AfBix’09).

Seattle WA (PRWEB) February 10, 2009 — OpenHelix will present a 90 minute online workshop on the UCSC Genome Browser at the first annual African Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics 2009 (AfBix’09), February 20th at 16:00 GMT.

The UCSC Genome Browser introductory workshop will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible genomics tool, including: basic functionality of Genome Browser searching and BLAT use. The workshop will be open to all registered participants in the conference and can be accessed online from either the participants’ location or one of several ‘hubs’ in Africa

The Afbix’09 virtual conference, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is supported by the Bioinformatics Organization, Regional Student Group Africa (RSG Africa), Regional Student Group Morocco (RSG Morocco), and African Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB). The dates for the conference are 19th to 20th February 2009.

Participants can register for the conference at

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, ( provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix currently provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

About Bioinformatics.Org
The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. was established in 1998 to create a collaborative environment for bioinformatics practitioners and neophytes throughout the world. The Organization provides these individuals, as well as the public at large, free and open access to the materials and methods used in bioinformatics research, development (i.e., computer programming), and education. The Organization helps to lower the barrier to entering and participating in bioinformatics, as access to commercial resources can be prohibitively expensive for those working individually, in small groups, at poorly-funded institutions or in developing nations. Currently, there are more than 25,000 members and 400 hosted projects.

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