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Tutorial Details: Introduction to Similarity Searching Using BLAST

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009, 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 intepretation

* How to perform BLAST searches at NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

* NetBLAST and Standalone BLAST

* Batch BLAST search and result parsing

Prerequisites: Basic biology