OPEN Nucleic acids research | 24 Apr 2013
GM Boratyn, C Camacho, PS Cooper, G Coulouris, A Fong, N Ma, TL Madden, WT Matten, SD McGinnis, Y Merezhuk, Y Raytselis, EW Sayers, T Tao, J Ye and I Zaretskaya
The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) website at the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) is an important resource for searching and aligning sequences. A new BLAST report allows faster loading of alignments, adds navigation aids, allows easy downloading of subject sequences and reports and has improved usability. Here, we describe these improvements to the BLAST report, discuss design decisions, describe other improvements to the search page and database documentation and outline plans for future development. The NCBI BLAST URL is http://blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
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