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Maine Genomics Research Collaborative Bioinformatics Workshop: An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools (online)

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core and Maine Genomics Research Collaborative is co-hosting a series of these four online NCBI Workshops:
1. An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools — Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 2–5 p.m.
2. NCBI Resources for Animal and Plant Genomics Research — Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 2–5 p.m.
3. NCBI Resources for Pathogen (Bacteria & Virus) Genomics Research — Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 2–5 p.m.
4. NCBI Resources for Gene Expression and Genetic Variation Research — Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 2–5 p.m.

These workshops will be given by NCBI Staff, including Drs. Wayne Madden, Peter Cooper and Rena Morris.

You may register for any or all of the free workshops. If you are interested in attending the workshop, contact Benjamin King ( in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maine. These workshops are jointly hosted by Maine INBRE and Colorado State University.

An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools

This workshop highlights new displays and features and introduces best practices for use of NCBI BLAST services. You will learn when and how to use important but often misunderstood aspects of the BLAST programs, specialized services, and databases. You will explore other important sequence analysis services, including Primer BLAST, an oligonucleotide primer designer and specificity checker, and COBALT, a multiple protein sequence alignment tool. Finally, you will see brief demonstrations of standalone BLAST and related tools, including SRA-Toolkit BLAST and Magic-BLAST.

Specifically, you will learn to:
• Select the correct NCBI alignment tool for your task
• Choose the best BLAST database for your search goal
• Understand and use the new BLAST results page, output formats and statistics
• Display BLAST results in genomic context using graphical displays
• Analyze nucleotide primers: design, check the specificity, and display primer alignments
• Assess the taxonomic distribution of your BLAST matches and use the TreeViewer display to visualize relationships
• Use standalone BLAST, Magic-BLAST and SRA-BLAST to search local databases and remote database on the NCBI server

Click here to view the event flyer.

Sponsored by Maine Genomics Research Collaborative and Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core.



September 22
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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