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Tutorial Details: Introduction to Similarity Searching Using BLAST

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room 405 Walter
Instructor(s): Zheng Jin Tu, MSI, Dr. Carlos P Sosa, Supercomputing Institute

BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) is a set of similarity search programs designed to compare nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculate the statistical significance of matches. It can be used to infer functional and evolutionary relationships between sequences as well as to help identify members of gene families.

During this tutorial, participants will learn the following:

- The basic principles of BLAST

- Query and databases

- Search strategies and result interpretation

- BLAST searching at NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) - NetBLAST and Standalone BLAST

- BLAST search result parsing

Prerequisites: Basic Biology