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OpenHelix announces free trial subscriptions to its database of tutorials on genomic resources

  February, 22 2007 19:18
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Seattle, WA—OpenHelix announced today a program to give free access to researchers and scientists on its database of tutorial suites on genomic and bioinformatics resources. This one-of-a-kind collection of on-line tutorials, with nearly 30 resources represented and more added frequently, gives life science and biomedical researchers the genomics knowledge they need, when they need it.

Each online tutorial suite includes a self-run, multi-media, narrated tutorial; exercises; and a complete PowerPoint slide set and handouts that can be used by the individual participant, or for professors, teachers, and trainers to teach others.

Tutorial suites currently available cover the following resources and topics: Controlled Vocabularies, dbSNP, Database of Transcriptional Start Sites (DBTSS), Ensembl Genome Browser, NCBI Entrez, Entrez Gene, Gene Ontology (GO), Gene Expression Ominibus (GEO), HapMap, NCBI Map Viewer, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), Overview of Genome Browsers, Protein Data Bank (PDB), Pfam, Primer3, PubMed, Reactome, SMART, STRING, UniProt, and XplorMed.

Also included are tutorial suites sponsored by the resource providers themselves, including UCSC Genome Browser, SeattleSNPs, Genome Variation Server (GVS), VISTA Comparative Genomics, and Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system.

Those interested in accessing these valuable and effective tutorials can sign up for a free trial at http://www.openhelix.com/free_trial.shtml.

“We have had tremendous support from the resource providers in offering many of our tutorials free to the public,” said OpenHelix founder and CEO Scott Lathe. “With the addition of dozens of more tutorials, this exceptional collection is proving to be invaluable for the individual researcher, as well as their labs, departments, institutions and companies. This free trial will give them an opportunity to learn how to use some of these great resources.”

In addition to being popular with individual researchers and their labs and departments, subscriptions to the tutorial suites are also valuable for science librarians, companies, and not-for-profit organizations. They use the subscription as an e-learning portal for their constituents, customers, and staff.

About the New State of the Bioinformatics Market
The post-genomic era has yielded a multitude of free public-access resources for the dissemination and analysis of genomic data. However, the public providers of these tools are mainly research institutions and therefore often lack outreach and training programs. As a result, there is a documented widespread lack of awareness and underutilization of the data and tools throughout the biomedical community.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies 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.

Formed by two highly accomplished bioinformaticists, Dr. Mary Mangan and Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe, and Scott Lathe, who has extensive experience forming and growing companies, the company is uniquely positioned to offer services before unavailable to the research market. Headquartered in Washington State, OpenHelix also has offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

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