News from July 2014

General Research Use collection streamlines access to patient-level data in dbGaP

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In response to many requests from dbGaP users to simplify and streamline the data access request process while respecting patient consent, dbGaP staff have identified “General Research Use” individuals from different studies and created a collection that allows users to access data on these individuals through a single access request.

NCBI/CDC/FDA/USDA collaboration using whole genome sequencing (WGS) to improve food safety is honored with an HHSinnovates award

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A collaborative project between NCBI and several other Federal and state partners to reduce the time and improve the accuracy of detecting foodborne pathogens by using whole genome sequencing (WGS) techniques received an HHSinnovates award on July 21.

Major revision of the NCBI genomes FTP site this summer

Friday, July 18, 2014

Within the next two weeks, NCBI will make a major revision to the genomes FTP site. This redesign will expand available content and facilitate data access through an organized, predictable directory hierarchy. The updated site will also provide greater support for downloading assembled genome sequences and/or corresponding annotation data. To give those with automated tools time to update, we plan to maintain the older content and structure of the preexisting /genomes/ FTP site in parallel with the new structure for six months.

NCBI webinar "Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation" on August 13th

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On August 13th, NCBI will host a webinar entitled “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation”. This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and database identifiers (RefSNP, Variant region IDs) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer.

RefSeq release 66 available on FTP site

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The full RefSeq release 66 is now available with nearly 59 million records describing 43,671,159 proteins, 7,568,770 RNAs, and sequences from 41,263 different NCBI Taxons.

NCBI's latest YouTube video presents special features in SciENcv

Monday, July 7, 2014

NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.

"BLAST in the Cloud!" webinar on July 30th showcases NCBI-BLAST Amazon Machine Image

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

As stated on June 26, web and standalone BLAST are now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). On July 30, 2014, NCBI will offer a webinar entitled “BLAST in the Cloud”. This presentation will show you how to log on to AWS and deploy the NCBI-BLAST Amazon Machine Image (AMI) quickly. The BLAST AMI includes the BLAST+ applications, a client that can download databases from the NCBI, a web application that implements a subset of the NCBI URL API, and a simplified BLAST search webpage. Prior knowledge of using web and standalone BLAST is required.

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