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Happy DNA Day

April 25, 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. This April, the NIH Library joins the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in celebrating DNA Day. Throughout April we are highlighting genetics resources, services, and classes available from the NIH Library.

In the previous messages, we showcased genetics eBooks available from the Library, along with NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program classes being offered in April. We also highlighted the NIH Big Read book, I Contain Multitudes, which focuses on microbes and the microbiome, which was NHGRI’s April 19 theme for the day. 

To wrap up the celebration we are highlighting genetics eBooks that are accessible through the NIH Library’s popular science book collection, bioinformatics classes being offered in May, and bioinformatics software and resources that are available on the high-performance workstations in the Library. 

Explore genetics eBooks and audiobooks available from the NIH Library’s popular science collection on the OverDrive platform:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes, Adam Rutherford, with a forward by Siddhartha Mukherjee (eBook)
A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer A. Doudna (eBook)
DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution, James D. Watson (eBook)
The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee (audiobook)
p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code, Sue Armstrong (eBook)
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, David Reich (eBook)

These books are available through the NIH Library’s OverDrive collection and are available for NIH staff to check out. For more information on getting your NIH Library OverDrive account set up, see the OverDrive FAQ page.

Take a bioinformatics class this May (click on the link for more information and to register):

MetaCore: Enabling Systems Biology Research, May 1, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
MetaCore: Integrated Analysis of Multi-omics Data, May 2, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
DNASTAR Lasergene Software for Life Scientists, May 4, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Variant Filtering and Interpretation Using Ingenuity Variant Analysis (IVA) and HGMD, May 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Use bioinformatics software and resources made available through the NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program:

The NIH Library provides access to a wide range of bioinformatics resources, including such tools and applications as GeneSpring, Pathway Studio, Partek, and Genomatix. The licenses are either floating (access is provided from any NIH computer) and/or static (access is provided from one of the NIH Library Bioinformatics workstations).

The NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program provides three workstations to NIH staff that offer access to licensed and open source bioinformatics software programs. These workstations, located in the main reading room, are dedicated to high-throughput data analysis such as next generation sequence (NGS) data analysis or microarray data analysis. To use a workstation, reserve online, call the NIH Library at 301-496-1080, or visit the Information Desk.

About National DNA Day

National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. NHGRI began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25, 2003 after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and how those advances impact our daily lives.

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