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Importing Sequences to the Biology Workbench

After you have found the sequences you are looking for, you must bring them into the Biology Workbench in order to utilize further tools. From the point you chose to run an Ndjinn search, you have been communicating with the supercomputers, and they have diligently been retrieving the information you requested. In order for the retrieved sequences to be of any use to you, you must bring them from the databases into your account. This can be accomplished by checking the box associated with the sequence(s) you wish to keep and clicking the "Import Sequence(s)" button. You will be returned to the main page (your session), and your sequence(s) will be visible to you. If you have imported more than one sequence, the "Alignment Tools" will now be useful. Also interesting are the "Show Record(s)" and "Show Sequence(s)" buttons, which can aid you in choosing and understanding the sequences through links to primary research and even textbooks.

The following sections (not yet written) - sequence processing, alignment processing, and post processing - are fairly subjective, and largely dependent upon the task which you are undertaking. Perhaps the most useful tools are BLAST and CLUSTALW, along with the phylogenetic tools BOXSHADE, DRAWTREE, etc., but obviously that is not certain. The Biology Workbench gives excellent help on the tools. For example, say you wanted information about BLASTP. In the scroll box of tools, highlight BLASTP and click on HELP, as seen below.

This brings up the HELP documentation for BLAST in another window (as seen below), which includes a link to the NCBI BLAST webpage.

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