Finding polymorphic Rat SNPs using RGD's SNPlotyper tool

submitted by: simont

This screencast shows how to identify polymorphic SNPs between different rat strains using RGD's SNPlotyper tool and the STAR consortium SNP genotype dataset. SNPlotyper is available at the Rat Genome Database (http://rgd.mcw.edu) and contains SNP genotype data produced by the european STAR consortium (http://www.snp-star.eu/)

When it Comes to the Rat Genome, Bigger is Better

submitted by: dabraham
The rat genome comes to life through the use of the Gviewer tool. This video will show you how to use this helpful tool within the RGD website at http://rgd.mcw.edu/ . Genes, QTLs, and species syntenies of interest can all be visualized with ease as the Gviewer zooms in and navigates through the rat genome with a few clicks. See our website at http://rgd.mcw.edu/ for more tools for rat researchers.

Some prefer blue jeans...RGD prefers disease genes

submitted by: dabraham
Who knew you could find disease genes without even stepping into the laboratory? This video provides a tutorial on how to utilize the Disease Portals on the Rat Genome Database website at http://rgd.mcw.edu/wg/portals . These portals allow you to search for disease, phenotype, biological process, and pathway specific rat, mouse, and human genes and data. See our RGD website at http://rgd.mcw.edu for more information and tools for researchers...

Sleeping Beauty Invades Rat's Genome

submitted by: simont
Knockouts are not just for Mice anymore. Aron Geurts and Howard Jacob from the Medical College of Wisconsin talk about their plans for creating transgenic rats using the Sleeping beauty transposon. Coming out of work pioneered by Colin Bishop's lab, Geurts and Jacob describe how the Sleeping Beauty system can be used to make transgenic rats and their plans to make the phenotype data from these rats available via the MCW PGA website ( http://pga.mcw.edu ) and the strains themselves accessible...

Two quick tips to stay on top of literature and other online information using Google

submitted by: simont

Behind in the literature? Losing track of valuable web pages and information you found online? This brief video shows how to use some of Google's free tools, Notebook and Reader, to help you manage these problems. You can use Google Notebook as an online scrapbook to instantly save pieces of text, web pages and even images to your own personal notebook. You can use Google Reader to help you get on top of the literature and then stay on top without any extra effort.

Installing and using the BioBar toolbar for Firefox

submitted by: simont

This video shows how to install and use the BioBar toolbar on Firefox. This is a nifty addition to the browser that makes accessing many of the usual online databases and tools very easy. It also allows you to easily run a search at these databases without having to navigate to the website first. BioBar can be found at biobar.mozdev.org and was written by Jawahar Swaminathan at the EBI.