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Example Use Case

  • Identify similar sequences
  • Beth is working with a new sequence and wants to check if similar sequences are known. (Similar sequences usually have similar functionality, and the more similar the more likely that is true.)
  • She uses BLAST to do a similarity search on available databases. For each hit she looks at the record to find out what that matching sequence does. She makes a note of possible gene function and the sources of that assuption.