Exploring the FAST5 format

FAST5 format from Oxford Nanopore (ONT) is in fact HDF5, which is a very flexible data model, library, and file format for storing and managing data. It is able to store an unlimited variety of datatypes. A number of tools have been developed for handling HDF5 available from here.  The most useful are: hdfview, a […]

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NCBI Entrez Direct UNIX E-utilities

I use NCBI Entrez Direct UNIX E-utilities regularly for sequence and data retrieval from NCBI. These UNIX utils can be combined with any UNIX commands. It is available to download from the NCBI website: ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/entrezdirect/ A few useful examples for NCBI edirect utilities. Download a sequence in fasta format from NCBI using accession number

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Top tips to keep your home folder on a server tidy

All bioinformatics server users and administrators would know how easy it is to fill up our home directories with huge amounts of data, especially when you are analysing deep sequencing data on a daily basis. Here is a list of a few useful commands and tips that can help to keep your home directory tidy. […]

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1st Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics Training Course

The first Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics training course held at the University of Glasgow was completed successfully by 14 delegates (nine external and five internal) on 10-14 August 2015. The course took place in the McCall Building computer cluster, and the adjacent Lomond and Dumgoyne Rooms were used for refreshments and lunch. Instructors: Joseph Hughes […]

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Setting up automatic BLAST database update on linux servers

Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) is one of the most commonly used programs for sequence classification using similarity search. Standalone BLAST can be setup easily on the local server. More info about how to set it up on a local Linux server can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK52640/ In our lab, all our servers run […]

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