“Bioinformatics: Life Sciences on Your Computer”. Un curso online gratuito de la Johns Hopkins University

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El próximo 9 de junio empiezo un curso sobre bioinformática utilizando la plataforma gratuita Coursea. Aunque este curso tiene una versión gratuita, también está la posibilidad de conseguir un diploma si se aprueba el curso (al cambio sale unos 36 euros). Este curso lo dan profesores de la Johns Hopkins University, concretamente Bob Lessick.
El interés de estudiar este curso se debe a que las técnicas que estoy utilizando para el estudio de la biodiversidad del compostaje se basan en la secuenciación del ADN de los microorganismos presentes utilizando las bases de datos existentes, como la Ribosomal Data Project (RDP). Para eso, la bioinformática es una herramienta fundamental.
Si alguien está interesado en hacerlo, todavía está a tiempo de apuntarse. Si el tema no os interesa, aquí podréis ver todos los cursos disponibles (hay de muchas disciplinas).

Esta es la informaciṕon del curso y su programa:

Bioinformatics: Life Sciences on Your Computer

What makes bioinformatics education exciting is that people of a variety of education levels can get started quickly, with just a computer and internet access.




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About the Course

The DNA sequencing revolution has exploded and new, inexpensive technologies have led to sequences being determined faster than they can be analyzed. Bioinformatics brings together biology, math and computer science into a quickly emerging discipline that turns the computer into a scientific research lab. 

The relevance of bioinformatics extends to many disciplines, including health science, molecular biology, genetics, drug discovery, biochemistry, cell biology and education. Its impact is significant. Many scientific researchers with advanced degrees are going back to school to learn computer techniques that have become as essential to new discovery as pipettes and flasks.

This course will introduce some important basic bioinformatics concepts while allowing for the adventurous to explore some topics in further depth if desired. 

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Biological Databases
·         Database Structure
·         Searching PubMed
·         The NCBI Public Sequence Database
·         Sequence Retrieval
Week 2 – BLAST and Sequence Alignment
·         Pairwise Sequence Alignment
·         BLAST, Database Searches
·         Assessing Homology
Week 3 – Protein Bioinformatics
·         Determining Molecular Weight, Isoelectric Point
·         Predicting Secondary Structure
·         The PDB Database
·         Prosite Domain searches
·         Predicting Cellular Localization
Week 4 – Prokaryotic Genomes
·         Bacterial Gene Prediction
·         Prokaryotic Gene Structure
·         Viruses
Week 5 – Eukaryotic Genomes, Human Variation
·         Eukaryotic Gene Structure
·         Ensembl Database
·         Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms
·         DNA Fingerprinting

FAQ

What resources will I need for this class?
A computer with a good Internet connection is what students need for this course. Somewhat recent Mac, Windows (XP or later), or Linux computers are sufficient.

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Will this course prepare me for a career in bioinformatics?
This course would be a fine start for those who wish to pursue formal or informal training in bioinformatics. 

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