Learn to use Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man®, or OMIM®, a catalog of human genes and genetic conditions. OMIM is a foundational resource in genomics and is valuable for clinicians and biomedical researchers, and you can explore the features with this free online tutorial suite. OMIM links and data are found at sites all around the bioinformatics sphere, but understanding the full scope of OMIM's data and resources enable the most comprehensive understanding of human phenotypes and disease. OMIM contains full-text summaries of information from the scientific literature, and provides extensive links to the literature resources and other genomic resource tools as well. Use OMIM as a comprehensive first stop to find important information and gene links for human Mendelian disorders.
Many people who rely largely on OMIM links may not be aware of the depth of information at OMIM. The “phenotypic series” data links you to related phenotypes that could aid your explorations. Our tutorial examines how you can use that function.
Understanding the foundations of the resources you rely on, and using their options to find related information that the resource provider has carefully assembled, can broaden your knowledge and capability.
With the tutorial you'll learn:
• ways to perform both simple and advanced searches
• how to navigate and customize output displays to best serve your needs
• methods to view OMIM data organized by either genes or disorders
• where to find, and how to use additional features of the OMIM resource
The tutorial suite includes:
• An online, narrated, multi-media tutorial, which runs in just about any browser connected to the web, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders. The approximately 30 minute tutorial highlight and explain all the features and functionality needed to start using OMIM effectively.
• PowerPoint slides with suggested script and slide handouts used as a basis for the tutorial with a suggested script that can be used by instructors in their classrooms.
• Step-by-Step Exercises for hands-on experience with OMIM
Over the years, we have found that the tutorial suites are used in a number of ways. You can:
• use these to teach students, staff, or faculty at your institution.
• use the tutorial suites to learn how to use new or unfamiliar genomics resources they need as their work progresses
• use the tutorial suites to keep abreast of new resources and technology, using the resource as an excellent staff training and career development tool
You can find a list of other tutorials that are supported by resource providers at http://www.openhelix.com/free.
OpenHelix has over 100 tutorial suites (full list at http://www.openhelix.com/catalog) that are accessed through individual purchase or subscription.