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BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool)
Set of similarity search programs designed to explore all of the available sequence databases regardless of whether the query is protein or DNA.

Unified query environment for genes defined by sequence and/or in NCBI's Map Viewer. Integrates gene-specific information independent of the species of origin.

Genetics Abstracts VCU Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (
Focuses on the widest possible perspective of genetics as a whole, from microbes to plants to humans, emphasizing molecular genetics.

Genetics Home Reference
National Library of Medicine's Web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions.

Genome Data Viewer (NCBI)
NCBI's Genome Data Viewer is a genome browser supporting the exploration and analysis of eukaryotic RefSeq genome assemblies. It allows users to visualize different types of sequence-associated data in a genomic context.

NCBI Global Query
Simultaneously search multiple life sciences databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), including PubMed. Results indicate the number of records in each database.

OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man)
Database cataloging human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited by Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the Web by NCBI. The database contains textual information and references.

The primary database of information in biomedical and health sciences fields.

Structure (NCBI)
Three dimensional structures provide a wealth of information on the biological function and the evolutionary history of macromolecules. This database contains experimentally determined structures, along with tools to investigate how these structures.

VAST (Vector Alignment Search Tool)
Protein structure neighbors in Entrez are determined by direct comparison of 3-dimensional protein structures with the VAST algorithm. Each of the more than 18,000 domains in MMDB is compared to every other one.

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