Tools


BioBLAST (Better Learning through Adventure, Simulation, and Telecommunications) is an interactive computer simulation designed for high school biology classes. Through this program, students are faced with an "adventure mission" at a simulated research station. Ramified from NASA's Advanced Life Support research, it allows students to become involved in kinesthetic curriculum involving laboratory analysis and advanced computer programs.  Students are able to use the internet to research the bioregenerative life-support system (BLiSS). BioBLAST is a fun way in which to learn about life processes and the basics of bioinformatics. 
There are also many tools that researchers and scientists use for research purposes in bioinformatics. Databases are one of the most obvious ones; many organizations have set up databases, some free, some more secure and private. Genbank was one of the first databases; it was started by the Department of Energy, but is now run by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It is a free, easily accessible database.

BLAST, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, is a customizable search tool developed by NCBI for proteins and DNA. It can be configured to search for many specific options and is thus a widely used tool.

Another tool offered by NCBI is Entrez, which searches the databases of NCBI and also looks up references in journals.

NCBI offers many other links to tools, databases, and search engines at its web site, which can be found here




Created by Wan-Shuan Cheng, Nicole Sosa, and Linda Evans: CVGS Class of 2003