PubMed Citations: A New, Faster Process for Correcting Errors


This blog post is directed toward all authors who have articles in PubMed.

Have you ever discovered that your name isn’t spelled correctly in the citation on a PubMed record, or that there are mistakes in your affiliation, the title of the abstract, or other citation data?

We have good news: recently, NLM released the PubMed Data Management System (PMDM), which allows publishers to correct PubMed citation data directly. If you’re an author who has found citation mistakes in PubMed, you should contact the publisher of the journal, and they will make the changes. Changes made in PMDM, should appear in PubMed within 1-2 days.

Authors who report citation errors to NLM will be asked to contact the publisher directly. However, NLM will continue to investigate and address error reports that relate to our value-added data, such as MeSH Headings.

We’re hoping that this new process will shorten and simplify the process of correcting citation errors. You can read more about PMDM in the NLM Technical Bulletin. Please let us know if you have questions or comments, and we’re looking forward to more error-free citations!

Bottlenose dolphin annotation release 101


Annotation Release 101 for the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is out in RefSeq! This annotation was based on the NIST Tur_tru v1 assembly, which has a four-fold increase in contiguity from the assembly used in the previous annotation. Over four billion RNA-Seq reads from skin and blood tissue were used for gene prediction. As a result of these improvements, the percent of partially-represented protein-coding genes went down from 24% to 4%. Over 2500 genes that were fragmented in the previous assembly were merged into complete genes. A total of 24,026 genes were annotated, and 17,096 of them were protein-coding. A full report on the annotation can be found here.

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New video on YouTube: Embed the NCBI Sequence Viewer into Your Pages


The newest video on the NCBI YouTube channel introduces the Sequence Viewer embedding API. A few quick examples illustrate how easy it is to embed Sequence Viewer into your own pages.

Sequence Viewer is a graphical view of sequences and color-coded annotations on regions of sequences stored in the Nucleotide and Protein databases.

Subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel to receive alerts about new videos ranging from quick tips to full webinar presentations.

NLM Webinar series: “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed”


Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.”

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

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SmartBLAST updated to provide more information, database matches


The SmartBLAST service has recently been updated to emphasize matches to the landmark database, which comprises the proteomes from 26 well-curated genomic assemblies. The display also now presents more information about conserved domains and details about the query.

SmartBLAST quickly finds the closest relatives to a protein query and evaluates the phylogenetic relationship among the query and matched sequences. You can start a SmartBLAST search from the SmartBLAST page or the BLAST home page. Read more about SmartBLAST on NCBI Insights.

New Web Services for Comparing and Grouping Sequence Variants


This blog post is intended for geneticists and dataflow engineers who need to compare genetic variants.

Have you ever tried to determine if two genetic variants are the same? If so, you’re not alone. There are competing ways to represent variants, handling ambiguous assignments, as well as reconciling updates to underlying sequence models. To help you with these problems, we’re introducing a new set of web services for comparing and grouping variants.

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