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Introduction to NCBI Database/Resources: 2 Workshop Opportunities for Researchers

Thursday, November 12, 2020 1pm to 4pm

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Introduction to NCBI Database/Resources: Opportunities for Researchers

2 independent online workshops  conducted by NCBI trainers from the NIH   


Thursday, November 12 - 12-3 pm CST (1-4 EST ) &

Thursday, November 19 - 12-3 pm CST (1-4 pm EST)


Thursday, November 12 – 1pm‐4pm EST ( 12-3 pm CST)


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

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 For questions contact: Mangala Krishnamurthy, Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering.

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