Sandra Porter has two posts up on how to use Blast to search for a particular protein sequence and to identify unknown proteins. In the first one, she walks through what Blast is (it's always good to review); the BLOSUM 62 scoring matrix that evaluates how well residues align; and finally, as an example, she searches for "Elvis" in a protein sequence.

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