Downloading BLAST Hits from the NCBI direct to your desktop

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 and choose Database | Retrieve To Desktop or Database | Retrieve To Disk to download the selected sequences.

Retrieve To Desktop will download and open each selected sequence in a window on your desktop. Retrieve To Disk will prompt you for a location on your hard drive – the better option if you want to download more than just a few sequences.


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