November 28th NCBI Minute: An update to “API Keys for Better E-Utilities and EDirect Access to NCBI Data”

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, NCBI will present an update to the webinar originally presented on November 8, 2017 about the new API keys. In this updated webinar, you will learn about the relationships between API keys, NCBI accounts and … Continue reading

Five new videos on YouTube: APIs, PubMed, RefSeq & more

Several videos are up on the NCBI YouTube, including recordings of recent NCBI Minute webinars. NCBI Minute: The NCBI Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) This NCBI Minute introduces the diverse group of APIs available to access NCBI database information and tools. … Continue reading

RefSeq release 85 is now public

RefSeq release 85 is now accessible online, via FTP and through NCBI’s programming utilities. This full release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available, as of November 6, 2017, and contains 146,710,309 records, including 100,043,962 proteins, 20,905,608 RNAs, and sequences … Continue reading

Tree Viewer 1.7.0 now available

NCBI has recently updated Tree Viewer with new features, improvements and bug fixes, including improved sub-tree navigation and rendering. For a full list of changes, see the release notes. NCBI Tree Viewer is a tool for viewing your phylogenetic tree data.

Twelve new NCBI annotations in RefSeq for otter, oyster & more

In September and October, the NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline released new annotations in RefSeq for the following organisms: Crassostrea virginica (eastern oyster) Enhydra lutris kenyoni (sea otter) Delphinapterus leucas (beluga whale) Brassica napus (rape) Astyanax mexicanus (Mexican tetra) Seriola dumerili (greater amberjack) Varroa … Continue reading

November 8 NCBI Minute: New API keys for better E-utilities & EDirect access to NCBI data

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, we will present a webinar on API keys for E-utilities. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to get and start using your API key with the E-utilities and the command line EDirect programs. Date and … Continue reading

New API Keys for the E-utilities

If you regularly use the E-utilities API, we have important news for you: NCBI is now providing API keys for the E-utilities! After May 1, 2018, NCBI will limit your access to the E-utilities unless you have one of these … Continue reading

Variation feature changes in NCBI Reference Sequences coming in 2018

Starting in March 2018, SNP variation features will no longer be in RefSeq genome assembly records – chromosome and contig records with NC_, NT_, NW_ and AC_ accession prefixes. This change affects both the ASN.1 and flatfile records. Because the … Continue reading

BLAST+ 2.7.1 now available

In the new version (2.7.1) of the BLAST+ executables, blastdbcmd can look up taxonomic names (e.g., scientific or common name) faster. We have also made some low-level improvement that allow BLAST to multithread more efficiently, especially when available memory is … Continue reading