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DNA Day approaches (& when did the day start changing?)

DNA Day is approaching. On April 25th, nearly 60 years ago, Watson and Crick published their research clinching DNA as the genetic code. DNA Day is celebrated internationally to raise the public’s understanding of genetics, DNA and genomics.

You can also check out many sites this month (and through the year) to learn more about genetics and DNA. If you have any, please comment and I’ll add them to our list.

The University of Utah has a great site, “Learn Genetics” with a DNA Day run down.

The research journal Nature has a list of links and topics celebrating the 50th anniversary, including a free archive of the papers published by Watson, Crick, Franklin and others.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) celebrates National DNA Day every year (though unexplainably a different day in April every year*) with events, chats and more.

I also have a question for our readers, why is the NGHRI celebrating DNA Day on different days the last couple years. I always understood DNA Day to be April 25th because that was the day the Watson/Crick paper was published. NGHGRI’s National DNA Day celebration was on April 25th for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, but in 2010 it was April 23rd and this year it’s April 15th. I kind of understand last year, like Veterans day or other holiday that falls on a Sunday, it’s nice to move it to a day people pay attention. Last year April 25 fell on a Sunday, so move it to a Friday. It’s not like NHGRI is alone, ASHG, 23andMe and others are doing DNA Day on April 15th this year (well, 23andme had their special yesterday). What’d I miss?

Friday SNPets

Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…

UCSC and Galaxy at ASHG, giant training

ashg_ucsc_bk2.jpgAt the ASHG meeting last week, teams from UCSC Genome Browser and Galaxy presented the biggest software training I have ever seen! They had a huge meeting room with all these wifi antennae, and they had most people on laptops (some just sat in to watch). There were a few connection issues with the wireless. The computers ranged from high end macs to teeny netbooks–it was tough to know how to help everyone who needed wireless help. Especially for me when the menu was in Japanese.

Then both teams were working on live instances of their sites–UCSC used the Santa Cruz site as well as their mirrors to lighten the load. But at the second session there were so many people it looked to me like the mirrors were going down and starting to give odd answers to queries. The Galaxy session on the first day walloped the UCSC site, and also seemed to be making the instance they set up for the ASGH training on the Galaxy site sweat.

But it was a real logistical feat to get this together and running. And there was a lot of interest in this. I would love to see more sessions like this at future ASHG meetings. People are craving software training. After this session people came down to our booth asking for more training–it was great for us :)

I would like to see the groups broken into newbies and more advanced users. Newbies get lost really quickly and they are the ones I’d like to reach the most–they have so much to gain from getting started with these great tools. And advanced users get frustrated having to see stuff they already know–they are ready to go further.

If you want to have a look at some of the material that was covered you can check out the Galaxy materials at this site–I don’t know how long it will be live, but there are presentation examples and screencasts of the ground they were covering. You can see the web page and also download the materials as a PDF. These include:

Of course you can always access the sponsored training on the UCSC software on our site as well: http://openhelix.com/ucsc

Enjoy!

Free UCSC Genome Browser Training at ASHG 2008

OpenHelix presenting one-on-one questions and answers, tutorial suite, and Quick Reference Card on the UCSC Genome Browser.

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces the sponsorship of numerous training opportunities and materials at the American Society of Human Genetics 2008 meeting in Philadelphia presented by OpenHelix.

Come by the OpenHelix booth 1002/1004 for:
- a brief demonstration on the features and functionality of the UCSC Genome Browser
- answers to questions you may have on using the UCSC Genome Browser
- a free CD with the UCSC Genome Browser tutorial suite, including self run tutorials, PowerPoint presentations and exercises. (same materials available here: http://openhelix.com/ucsc)
- Quick Reference Card on the UCSC Genome Browser and UCSC Table Browser.

You can also find out how to get access to over 50 tutorial suites on other powerful and popular genomics and bioinformatics resources. Stop by booth 1002/1004 for more and information and to pick up your free “puzzle” pen (while supplies last).
About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, on-site training, and daily information (www.openhelix.com/blog) 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 UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

We will celebrate DNA Day!

At OpenHelix, we certainly appreciate DNA! So we wanted to join in the festivities on DNA Day–this year the party is April 25, just about a week from today.

DNA Day commemorates the completion* of the human genome sequencing project. Annually there are special events, teaching and learning opportunities, and sometimes cupcakes**.
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We are going to have something to offer, but we aren’t telling what just yet. Be sure to come back on Friday April 25th to see what we have available here. In the meantime, you might enjoy hearing Francis Collins talk about DNA Day. Did you know there will be a national chat room on that day? Or you might consider signing on to the COGE board: the Community of Genetic Educators. There are other ways to get involved–I know the American Society of Human Genetics organizes around this as well.

DNA Day at the NIH: http://www.genome.gov/20519692

ASHG Genetics Education and Outreach: http://genednet.org/pages/k12_mentor.shtml

*yeah, I know. But that’s the way it is told.

**maybe that’s just me. Down the street from me they make the best cupcakes in the world.