Blast is like water — always there, ready to use. Want to know something about a sequence? Just open the Blast faucet, and before you know it your cup will be overflowing with alignments.
Let’s go behind the scenes and see what it takes to keep Blast, and all the other NCBI services, flowing so smoothly. As we’ll see, it’s a sophisticated operation that rivals the best of what you’ll find in the real world of commercial webbery.