Tutorials

Take a tour of VectorBase, or learn more about submitting and annotating data, using VectorBase tools, and other bioinformatics resources. Many tutorials include practice exercises (with answer keys) and sample files.

Title/Description Includes Last Update
An overview of VectorBase tools

Take a quick tour of VectorBase tools, their capabilities and outputs.

Tutorial Sep 2017
BioMart

Use for (small and big scale) data mining queries that are not as easy or even possible to do using other VectorBase tools including Search.

Practice Exercises
Sample File
Sep 2017
BLAST

The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) finds regions of local similarity between sequences. Available data sets include contigs, scaffolds, chromosomes, ESTs, RNAseq, transcripts and peptides.

Practice Exercises
Sample File
Oct 2017
Comparative Genomics

VectorBase genome browser displays precomputed protein and DNA comparison analyses of gene models among most of its species.

Video
Practice Exercises
Sep 2017
Galaxy

Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research. Learn how to use it with sample workflows and datasets for RNAseq analyses and SNP calling.

Tutorial
Sample File
Sep 2017
Genome Browser

Makes genomic data accessible. In addition to the genome sequence, it displays comparisons between species, experimental evidence of expression (transcripts and peptides), alignments and trees, sequence variations/mutations, in silico predictions of protein domains, among many other features.

Video Jun 2017
HMMER

It looks for homologous genes, but unlike BLAST it aims to be more accurate and better to detect remote homologs. Input file is a protein multiple sequence alignment (MSA) from ClustalW.

Practice Exercises
Sample File
Sep 2017
Mitochondrial sequences

A tutorial about using the Mitochondrial Gene Browser which hosts all GenBank mitochondrial sequences for multiple Aedes, Anopheles, Culex and Ixodida species.

Tutorial Dec 2013
Ontology browser

Ontologies are the structural framework for organizing information and are used in the Expression Browser and PopBio. You can also use it to annotate the metadata of your research.

Tutorial
Practice Exercises
Dec 2013
Population Biology (PopBio)

PopBio is part of our ongoing efforts to integrate genomic, phenotypic and population data for traits such as insecticide resistance or genetic variation with microsatellites and SNPs.

Video
Practice Exercises
Mar 2018
Sample and Genotype Explorers

Search and Explore metadata and variations (SNPs and INDELs) associated with biological samples and display them in the Genome Browser and the Population Biology Browser.

Tutorial Sep 2017
Search

Guide to using VectorBase's Search functionality.

Video
Practice Exercises
Feb 2018
Transcript data and resources for microarrays and RNAseq

VectorBase currently host microarrays and RNAseq mostly from Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti, but there is also RNAseq data for many more species.

Tutorial
Video
Practice Exercises
Sep 2017
Variation

Variation data includes SNPs, INDELs, structural variants and microsatellites. Learn how to find variants in genes, regions and geographic locations and also how to analyze your own variation data for potential effects on genes.

Tutorial
Video
Sample File
Aug 2018

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