NCBI BLAST: A Better Web Interface

Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Jul 1;36(Web Server issue):W5-9. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn201. Epub 2008 Apr 24.

Abstract

Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) is a sequence similarity search program. The public interface of BLAST, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast, at the NCBI website has recently been reengineered to improve usability and performance. Key new features include simplified search forms, improved navigation, a list of recent BLAST results, saved search strategies and a documentation directory. Here, we describe the BLAST web application's new features, explain design decisions and outline plans for future improvement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic
  • Internet
  • National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
  • Sequence Alignment*
  • Software*
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface