Basic Research Tips: Molecular & Cell Biology

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This Research Tips guide for Molecular & Cell Biology includes the following sections and modules.
We recommend viewing ALL 4 modules of the tutorial in order, to improve comprehension of the concepts.

1. I'm new to a field - I just want pivotal papers:

    

        - View a tutorial demonstrating these skills (Tips for best viewing of the tutorials)

        - Try Google Scholar

        - Try Web of Science

Example: When did Resveratrol hit "prime time" and which paper about it has been most widely cited?   

2. I have a sequence and I'd like to align it with known sequences and review those sequences:

        - View a tutorial demonstrating these skills (Tips for best viewing of the tutorials)

        - Try Blast Nucleotide

Example: What gene does the following sequence come from? What obscure genetic disorder is it associated with?

gggtgaacag ccgcacggga gtaggtacgc acctgacctc
gctggcactg ccgggcaagg cagagggtgt ggcgtcgctc
accagccagt gcagctacag cagcaccatc gtccatgtgg
gagacaagaa gccgcagccg gagttagaga tggtggaaga
tgctgcgagt gggccagaat

3.  I want to learn more about a specific gene and it's associations with diseases and phenotypes:

       - View a tutorial demonstrating these skills (Tips for best viewing of the tutorials)

       - Try the Gene Database

       - Try OMIM from the Gene Database

       - Try PubMed

Example: A portion of what gene is missing in 5q deletion syndrome? What broad type of illness is caused by 5q(-)? What eponymously named genetic disorder is located very close to 5q(-)?

4. I want to learn how to view 3-D structures of genes

        - View a tutorial demonstrating these skills (Tips for best viewing of the tutorials)

 

Further Resources:

Translational Informatics Video Learning Resources  (click cancel and ignore the login box)
More Tutorials

Firefox Internet Browser handout
Expert Googling & Google Scholar
Introduction to Entrez NCBI
PubMed Quick Guide
My NCBI Quick Guide
iGoogle

NCBI Practice Exercises from the "Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources" course, if you'd like to try more databases and examples.

Special thanks to Hannah Tipney, PhD. (Center for Computational Pharmacology, UC Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus) for creating the list of questions new researchers might have that forms the basis for this tutorial.

 

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For questions about this webpage or the tutorials, please contact Lynne Fox, lynne.fox@ucdenver.edu.

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