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Oct 15, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 18)


  • Large number of links, good blog
  • Many tutorials cost money

With the ever-increasing amount of genomics and bioinformatics data making its way into the hands of researchers, there has been an accompanying surge in resources to aid researchers in analyzing or taking advantage of that data. OpenHelix is a website designed to help scientists find pertinent genomics resources and teach them how to use them. Unfortunately, OpenHelix is not as “open” (i.e., free) as its name might suggest, as many of the site’s tutorials are only accessible via paid subscription. That limitation aside, there are a number of free tutorials available on the site as well. Additionally, while some tutorials may cost money, the website still serves as a useful repository that users can browse for names and descriptions of a large number of genomics resources. The OpenHelix blog is another great resource that is up-to-date and that covers many useful and interesting topics.

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