practical course on
using resources from
all over the world.
Today, researchers in molecular biology often analyze genetic data
resulting from sequencing projects. Many of these tasks can easily be
solved using Internet based tools via the World Wide Web, without
having to consider technical problems like local installation,
maintenance or financial aspects. These tools, offered by different
institutions across the world, are growing increasingly indispensable
for daily sequence analysis work. Thus, often questions arise like:
Teaching people how to solve these problems using web based sequence
analysis resources, the WWW itself is the medium of choice. Our web
based course SADR - Sequence Analysis With Distributed Resources
assumes only minimal background in bioinformatics; it does not
primarily explain the algorithms behind the tools. Instead, it
emphasizes practical tool usage in connection with the biological
considerations that guide the process of sequence analysis.
Starting with an overview of the most widely used databases we
introduce tools for database searches, sequence alignments, primer
desing and RNA secondary structure analysis. In the last chapter we
give an introduction into the currently developing field of
WebServices and how they can be used to build workflows using
resources distributed across the world.