Learn to use the UCSC Genome Browser with this free tutorial, sponsored by UCSC Genome Bioinformatics Group. The UCSC Genome Browser provides a way to examine the data from many genomes, with extensive annotation tracks for various data types including known genes, predicted genes, SNPs, comparative multi-species analysis and much more. This introductory tutorial focuses on the foundation and framework for the organization and display of the data, and basic text and sequence searches. This tutorial, which is the first in a series of three tutorials on the UCSC Genome Browser, will get you on your way to expertly navigating this vital tool for genomic research.

You will learn:

  • to perform basic text searches on the UCSC Genome Browser
  • to understand and customize the displays in genomic regions of interest
  • to access additional details and sequence data
  • to start with a sequence and find genomic regions of interest using BLAT


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group UCSC Tutorials. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

ENCODE Foundations: ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements

UCSC Genome Browser: The Additional Tools: Additional tools at the UCSC Genome Browser

UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser: UCSC Genome Browser advanced topics

UCSC Archaeal Genome Browser: Provides you with many research and analysis tools that can be used to examine the genomes of more than 50 microbial species from the domain archaea.



Algorithms and Analysis : This category contains various tools that may help perform analysis of different genomics data types. This may include sequence alignment, large-scale or complex queries, motif finding, or comparative assessments.

Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


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