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Tutorial Details: BLAST for Beginners

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2005, 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 novel sequences with previously characterized genes. It provides a method for rapid searching of nucleotide or protein databases. The results of similarity may provide important clues to the characterization and functionality of protein and nucleotide sequences.

During this tutorial, participants will learn the following:

- The basic principle of BLAST

- Query and databases

- Search strategies and result interpretation

- Perform BLAST search at NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

- NetBLAST and Standalone BLAST

- BLAST search result parsing

Prerequisites: Basic Biology Knowledge