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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
20 minutes to complete

Exploring your gene of interest with online databases

2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
First impressions from genomic databases10m
Gene expression analysis10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz
Week
2
20 minutes to complete

Identifying genes related to your gene of interest

2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Coexpression analysis10m
Promoter analysis10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz
Week
3
20 minutes to complete

Analysis of the function of your gene of interest and its network of genes

2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Functional classification and pathway visualization10m
Network exploration10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Lab report draft

2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Example essay10m
Get a gene of unknown function...10m

Instructor

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Nicholas James Provart

Professor
Cell & Systems Biology

About University of Toronto

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About the Plant Bioinformatic Methods Specialization

The past 15 years have been exciting ones in plant biology. Hundreds of plant genomes have been sequenced, RNA-seq has enabled transcriptome-wide expression profiling, and a proliferation of "-seq"-based methods has permitted protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions to be determined cheaply and in a high-throughput manner. These data sets in turn allow us to generate hypotheses at the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.The Plant Bioinformatics Specialization on Coursera introduces core bioinformatic competencies and resources, such as NCBI's Genbank, Blast, multiple sequence alignments, phylogenetics in Bioinformatic Methods I, followed by protein-protein interaction, structural bioinformatics and RNA-seq analysis in Bioinformatic Methods II. In Plant Bioinformatics we cover 33 plant-specific online tools from genome browsers to transcriptomic data mining to promoter/network analyses and others. Last, a Plant Bioinformatics Capstone uses these tools to hypothesize a biological role for a gene of unknown function, summarized in a written lab report.This specialization is useful to any modern plant molecular biologist wanting to get a feeling for the incredible scope of data available to researchers. A small amount of R programming is introduced in Bioinformatic Methods II, but most of the tools are web applications. It is recommended that you have access to a laptop or desktop computer for running these as they may not work as mobile applications on your phone or tablet....
Plant Bioinformatic Methods

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