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Melissabee 10-15-2010 04:55 PM

Writing short article; clueless about which bioinformatics tools to use.
 
Hi, I am a chemistry b.s. transitioning into biology doing a post bac internship in genetics and have been given a very simple and general assignments but I have no idea of which resources to utilize. I have almost no background in biology informatics (can do protein blast, played around with genevestigator, but that's all--totally willing to learn)

I am not asking for somebody to do my assignment, obviously-- I just need pointers on where to find that information to write the aritcle and how to use them.

My assignment is to generate a short aritcle on the gene family in which the Arabidopsis gene At3g53990 is one of the members,

-- discovery of this gene family
--Definition of this gene family (conserved domain, key residues, etc.
--Overview of known functions of this gene family in other organisms
---Overview of this gene family in plants (homologues, expression, functions, etc.)

Where would I start? I tried googling but I don't understand many of the webistes that list information. Would this part of the Universal Stress protein family? What about gene family?
So confused..! :)

Thanks so much everybody!

Also, does anybody have any links to websites explaining how to use these tools? Like, i can use genevestigator, but I don't know what any of the charts means--like what correlates to what, etc.


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