OpenHelix Trial through May 15, 2013!


The University of Michigan currently has a full access 30-day trial to the OpenHelix tutorial suites, providing over 100 tutorials on powerful and popular bioinformatics and genomics databases and tools.  Each suite includes an online tutorial that teaches the basics of how to use a particular resource, in addition to other training materials.

OpenHelix has “over 100 of the most powerful and popular genomics resources.  Each tutorial suite includes a self run narrated tutorial that will teach you the features and functions so you can use the resource effectively and efficiently.  In addition to the tutorial, you can download PowerPoint slides with suggested scriptslide handouts, and exercises to use as a reference or to build classroom content.” (from the company newsletter)

You can access the trial by going to from any computer with a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor IP address.

OpenHelix also has a really useful blog that has quick weekly tips on a variety of its resources – a couple snippets are included below:

Lately I noticed a number of searches to our blog about viewing restriction enzymes in the UCSC Genome Browser. So I decided it was time to illustrate that…

…an integrated application for viewing and analyzing sequence data. With Genome Workbench, you can view data in publically available sequence databases at NCBI, and mix this data with your own private data.

If you have questions or comments about OpenHelix, please contact our wonderful bioinformationist, Marci Brandenburg at


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