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The User’s Guide to the Human Genome

A guide for scientists to help them browse and analyse data produced by the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium and other systematic sequencing projects. The introduction points out that although the Human Genome Project (HGP) has produced a flood of data with enormous potential, many research programmes that stand to gain from access to the information have not been able to capitalise on its potential. Some have found the data hard to use, while others are not conversant with the many databases and analytical tools that are now available.

This guide covers a series of worked examples, providing an overview of the types of data available, details of how these data can be browsed, and offers step-by-step instructions for using many of the most commonly-used tools for sequence-based discovery

The major web portals featured include: the National Center for Biotechnology Information Map Viewer; the University of California, Santa Cruz Genome Browser; and the European Bioinformatics Institute’s Ensembl system.