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Tutorial Details: Introduction to Similarity Searching Using BLAST

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Location: 402 Walter
Instructor(s): Zheng Jin Tu, MSI

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

* Queries and databases

* Search strategies and result interpretation

* Performing BLAST searches at NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

* NetBLAST and Standalone BLAST

* Batch BLAST search and result parsing

This tutorial will be webcast. See https://www.msi.umn.edu/support/materials.html for more information.

Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: Basic biology