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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #1 – Downloading BLAST Hits from the NCBI

When you use MacVector to run a BLAST search, did you know that you can download any matching sequences directly from the BLAST Description List window? Simply select text on any part of the line(s) representing the sequence you want to download;

BlastDescriptionList.png

Then use the menu item Database | Retrieve to Disk to download any sequence(s) that have even a partial selection from the NCBI Entrez server to a folder of your choosing on your hard drive. If you want to directly open the sequences as windows in MacVector, choose Database | Retrieve to Desktop.

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One Comment

  1. Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Great tip! This will speed up locating and downloading just the files I need.