We have a short invertebrate nucleotide sequence that we wish to run
against the various nucleotide data bases available on the Internet.
We are aware that methods exists for doing this via e-mail (e.g.,
NCBI-BLAST, FASTA, QUICKSEARCH, etc.) but have no experience doing
this. We have downloaded the help files which explain how to format
search queries. However, we are not familiar with the theoretical
bases for these algorithms, and, therefore, do not understand the
meaning of the various parameters used, and how they relate to more
straight-forward sequence properties such as homology.
Can anyone recommend how we should procede from here?
Please send replies directly via e-mail, as we don't frequently peruse
this group. Thanks ahead of time for the help.