Applications open for the August 2017 NCBI-NLM Bioinformatics Hackathon


From August 14th – 16th, the NCBI, with involvement from several NIH institutes, will host a Biomedical Data Science hackathon at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH campus. The hackathon will primarily focus on medical informatics, advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data and metadata. To apply for this event, complete this application (approximately 10 minutes to complete). Applications are due Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by 4 PM ET.

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PubMed is now available for download without a license and can be updated every day!


This blog post is directed toward PubMed users.

Did you know you can download the entire PubMed database, and keep this dataset current with our daily update files? These data are available for free from our FTP site and no longer require a license agreement,  whether you’re interested in text mining, or want to create your own database for searching and analytics.

Each year in December, NLM releases a comprehensive (baseline) set of citation records in XML format for download. Every day, incremental update files are made available and include new, revised and deleted citations. Please see the README.txt file for more information and contact info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov with questions.

RefSeq Functional Elements now public


NCBI is pleased to announce the initial data release of RefSeq Functional Elements, a resource that provides RefSeq and Gene records for experimentally validated human and mouse non-genic functional elements. Data can be accessed via GeneNucleotideBLASTBioProjectGraphical Displays and FTP.

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Explore and analyze mutagenic factors leading to tumors with MutaGene, a novel resource


MutaGene is a new, freely available resource for understanding the mutagenic factors contributing to tumor development.

composite image showcasing mutagene's features

Cancer arises from multiple changes in the DNA that can be caused by various extrinsic factors, such as sunlight and tobacco smoking, and intrinsic factors, such as the body’s own defense mechanisms fighting against viral infection or faulty DNA copying and repair molecular machinery. Knowing what factors contribute to the accumulation of mutations in a given cancer patient can be crucial for prognosis and identifying correct treatment.

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June 28th NCBI Minute: Tailor Your PubMed Search Experience with My NCBI

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Join NCBI on June 28, 2017, when we’ll show you how to use your My NCBI account to get dynamic PubMed results. In this webinar, you will learn how to automatically highlight keywords, create custom filters that can be active every time you run a search, and permanently display up to 200 items per results page.

Date and time: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.

The NCBI Minute is a series of short webinars that give a brief introduction to a specific topic or NCBI tool.

UniVec build 10.0 now available for VecScreen searches and FTP


UniVec, NCBI’s non-redundant database of vector sequences, has been updated to build 10.0, which enables searches run using NCBI’s VecScreen tool to detect more of the foreign sequences introduced during the cloning or sequencing process. UniVec build 10.0 is also available via FTP.

This build added 174 complete vector sequences and 214 adapter, primer and other sequences, including 133 RNA Spike-In sequences, bringing the total number of sequences represented in the UniVec database to 3,039.

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Questions about GTR, ClinVar, or MedGen? Ask us at ASCO 2017!


NCBI will be exhibiting at the ASCO Annual Meeting 2017 from June 2-6.

Exhibit Hall Booth #3046

ASCO attendees can get navigation tips and hands-on help with GTR and ClinVar submissions, take handout materials and meet with Adriana Malheiro, MS* at Booth #3046.

Booth times:

Saturday, June 3 – 9AM–5PM
Sunday, June 4 – 9AM–5PM
Monday, June 5 – 9AM–5PM

*Contact us to schedule a meeting with Adriana Malheiro, MS.

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NCBI’s Virus Variation Resource Enhancements Include Standardized Search Criteria


NCBI’s Virus Variation resource makes it easy to find genome and protein sequences for a number of viruses – no more stumbling through multiple synonyms to find what you need. Now you can search using standardized biological criteria and intuitive pull-down menus.

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