Running BLAST searches

With the CLC Genomics Workbench there are two ways of performing BLAST searches: You can either have the BLAST process run on NCBI's BLAST servers ( or you can perform the BLAST search on your own computer.

The advantage of running the BLAST search on NCBI servers is that you have readily access to the popular, and often very large, BLAST databases without having to download them to your own computer. The advantages of running BLAST on your own computer include that you can use your own sequence collections as blast databases, and that running big batch BLAST jobs can be faster and more reliable when done locally.