North Carolina Research Triangle Hackathon March 12-14, 2018

The UNC Curriculum in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and NCBI will host a data science hackathon from March 12-14, 2018 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Projects addressed during the hackathon will involve general … Continue reading

NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed (Tuesday, February 13 at 1pm EST)

Want to do more with PubMed? Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want? Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start? Join us on Tuesday, February … Continue reading

Feb 7 webinar “How to Run an NCBI-style Hackathon at Your Institution”

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, NCBI will present a webinar that will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-style hackathon at your own institution. Date & time: Wed, Feb 7, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST Register … Continue reading

PubMed Commons to be Discontinued

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that … Continue reading

New videos on YouTube: NCBI resources, QuickBlastP, update to API keys for E-Utils, and advanced use of API keys

Need a refresher of what NCBI offers? Or just feel you aren’t taking full advantage of NCBI resources? Check out some of NCBI’s most recent recordings of NCBI Minute webinars up on the NCBI YouTube channel. NCBI Minute: Keeping Current … Continue reading

RefSeq release 86 is now public

RefSeq release 86 is now accessible online, via FTP and through NCBI’s programming utilities. This full release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available, as of January 8, 2018 and contains 149,493,466 records, including 102,133,844 proteins, 21,370,778 RNAs, and sequences … Continue reading

5 NCBI articles in 2018 Nucleic Acids Research database issue

The 2018 Nucleic Acids Research database issue features several papers from NCBI staff that cover the status and future of databases including CCDS, ClinVar, GenBank and RefSeq. These papers are also available on PubMed. To read an article, click on … Continue reading

GenBank release 223.0 is available via FTP, Entrez and BLAST

GenBank release 223.0 (12/15/2017) has 206,293,625 traditional records (including non-bulk-oriented TSA) containing 249,722,163,594 base pairs of sequence data. In addition, there are 551,063,065 WGS records containing 2,466,098,053,327 base pairs of sequence data, 201,559,502 TSA records containing 181,394,660,188 base pairs of … Continue reading

Seventeen new NCBI annotations in RefSeq for cat, maize, clownfish, and more

In November and December, the NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline released new annotations in RefSeq for the following organisms: Amphiprion ocellaris (clown anemonefish) Centruroides sculpturatus (bark scorpion) Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly) Cucurbita maxima (winter squash) Cucurbita moschata (crookneck pumpkin) Drosophila hydei (fly) Drosophila … Continue reading

ClinVar Unveils New, More Intuitive Variation Display

ClinVar, NCBI’s database of clinically relevant genetic variations with supporting evidence, has redesigned its variation display, and welcomes your feedback. The new Variation in ClinVar (VCV) pages provide a better-organized, more-intuitive web display that makes it easy to quickly find … Continue reading