|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.|
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