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New BCM WWW database search services

Randall Smith rsmith at DOT.IMGEN.BCM.TMC.EDU
Fri Jan 20 17:50:59 EST 1995

The Human Genome Center along with the Molecular Biology Computer
Resource, Baylor College of Medicine, would like to announce several
new WWW database search services which we are making available for
beta-testing via our new 'BCM Search Launcher' Web page:


The BCM Search Launcher organizes molecular biology-related search and
analysis services available on the WWW by function, and provides a
single point-of-entry for related searches (e.g., a single page for
launching protein sequence searches using standard parameters).

New search services available for beta-testing include:

1) BEAUTY (BLAST Enhanced Alignment Utility), an enhanced version of
the NCBI's BLAST database search tool.  BEAUTY, when used in
conjunction with two new sequence databases that we have developed,
incorporates information on sequence family membership, the location
of the conserved domains, and the locations of any annotated domains
and sites directly into BLAST search results.  These enhancements make
it much easier to detect weak, but functionally significant, matches
in BLAST database searches.

A more detailed program description, as well as a description of the
Protein Family and Conserved Regions databases used in this program is
available at:


2) NCBI BLAST Searches with Entrez and SRS Links

The BCM Search Launcher also includes a new interface that adds NCBI
Entrez and Sequence Retrieval System (SRS) links to BLAST search
results returned by the NCBI's WWW BLAST Server.  These additional
links can be extremely useful when analyzing BLAST search results.

Randall F. Smith
Human Genome Center
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and
W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX  77030  USA

rsmith at bcm.tmc.edu; 713-798-4735; FAX: 713-798-5386

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