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Instructional Videos For Next Generation Sequence Analysis

A project by Dr. David Coil, the Comai Lab, and the UCD Genome Center

Around 2007, the advent of next generation sequencing opened a new approach to biology. These sequencing techniques, such as 454 and Illumina, are able to produce vast amounts of sequence for a relatively low cost. The sheer volume of DNA data produced by this method can be intimidating.

However, this does not need to be the case. A little bit of knowledge of the relevant computer programs and techniques can lead us a long way. This page links to a number of our tutorial videos, some ready, some under production, on simple methods for next-generation sequence analysis.

These videos are aimed primarily at biologists who previously lacked the bioinformatics knowledge to analyze and manipulate these large data sets.

Using the Terminal (4 Videos)

This series of videos looks at using the Terminal program (which comes on every Macintosh computer) to view and parse large sequence datasets.

NOTE FOR PC USERS: All Macs are Unix-based machines and the Terminal is simply a command line prompt that allows the user to work in Unix. There is no default equivalent found within Windows. However, it is possible to install a Unix environment on a Windows machine. In this case, these videos will still be of assistance, but some minor details (such as the display of outputs) will differ from what you will see here. For instructions on installing a Unix environment in Windows see this article.

This video will introduce the Terminal program and discuss two basic commands. The first is "less" which is used to display data, the second is "grep" which is used to search or count within the data.

This video briefly discusses the biological background of the experimental data set used in the next two videos.

This video takes a look at the data from an actual experiment where an Illumina sequencing run was aligned to a cDNA database. Here the user will learn how to navigate through the output and how to parse the data file using the "grep" command.

This video shows how to perform a basic data analysis on the same dataset as above. Here we undertake an "in-silico Northern" analysis and look at gene expression differences for a target gene as well as a housekeeping gene.


Locating and Analyzing Public Datasets with Free Tools (4 Videos)

In this new series, we'll learn how to access and analyze public datasets resulting from next-generation sequencing techniques such as Illumina and 454. We use Galaxy for many of these analyses.


This video provides a brief introduction to the Galaxy website

This video shows how to find a sample dataset, upload it to Galaxy, and process it for alignment.

This video shows how to upload a cDNA database to Galaxy and how to perform a BWA alignment with our sample rice sequence.

In this video we briefly examine our BWA alignment in Galaxy and convert the file to a format required by the genome browser "IGV"

Future Projects

Multiplexing for Dummies

Basic Biological Concepts for Bioinformaticians

Using Python scripts in the Terminal (we'll provide the scripts!)

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