Over the last few weeks a number of important enhancements have been made to the USGENE BLAST Search Portal, based directly on customer feedback. We invite you to try out these new features while our free trial offer is still available and let us know what you think about them. The most significant new and enhanced features are summarized below.
Improved search, display and reporting performance
The underlying USGENE database has been reorganized and optimized for faster search, display and reporting performance. For example, this includes all related documents being indexed into USGENE patent family groups, which are visible in the Evaluate table and Documents tab as "Family" numbers.
Reorganization of BLAST algorithm parameters
The layout and defaults for BLAST "Algorithm parameters" have been adjusted to more closely reflect NCBI BLAST interface layout and defaults. This should make them a little easier to use and navigate. In-context help has also been added for each parameter.
Latest BLAST version implemented
The latest version of NCBI BLAST is available (BLAST version 2.2.26). At any time the current version of BLAST can be confirmed in the About USGENEpage, located at the bottom of the USGENE BLAST Search Portal interface. Please note that other services you may be using may not always provide the latest BLAST version.
Automated naming of multiple uploaded sequence searches
To improve ease of use when uploading a series of FASTA format sequences for searching in the USGENE BLAST Search Portal, any search name you provide generates a simple series of numbered searches for the query sequences. For example, My protein query 1, My protein query 2, etc.
Three additional filters in the Evaluate table
Database filter - Only show sequence hits from either granted (issued) patents, or published patent applications.
Sequence count filter - Only show sequence hits from documents with a total sequence count below a chosen value.
My patents filter - Only show sequence hits from documents which are in My Patents.
Profile option for Evaluate table in Expand all view
In the Account tab, "Edit profile" section, you can now set your preference to initially see "Evaluate table" results in either condensed "Collapse all" (default) or detailed "Expand all" view.
Generate report in .DOCX format
The "Documents tab" now has the option to generate a detailed report in the .DOCX format in addition to the PDF format. The main advantage of the .DOCX format is that it can be more easily edited and customized before sharing with your colleagues. The structure and content of this report is based directly on the feedback we have received from customers.
Generate table option
The "Documents tab" Generate table option creates a .XLS tabular report of results. The table is organized based on sequence hits, and includes a standard combination of data fields relating to the sequence hits. The structure and content of this table is based directly on the feedback we have received from customers.
USGENE record browse buttons
When you open a USGENE BLAST Search Portal sequence record, there are now two sets of browse buttons at the top. The "Sequence number" browse buttons allow you to navigate between sequence records from an individual document, and the "Sequence key" buttons allow you to navigate between identical sequence records from different documents. Here's an example.
USGENE record links to legal status and patent families
When you click on "More" publication information in a USGENE BLAST Search Portal record, two "Further information" links are now available. "Legal Status" takes you to current Espacenet legal status, and "Patent Family" takes you to current international patent family information available at Espacenet. Here's an example.
USGENE record "Back to Projects" button
When you visit a USGENE BLAST Search Portal sequence record, there is now a button at the bottom allowing one-click navigation directly back to your Projects list.
Pricing flexibility - Optimization of pay-as-you-go functionality
The USGENE BLAST Search Portal supports a full unrestricted subscriber mode and a more restricted pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mode for those that need this pricing model. The PAYG mode has recently been optimized to make the workflow clearer and easier to navigate.
Automated expiry emails
Seven (7) days prior to the expiry of your subscription, and again on the day of expiry, an automated notification email will inform you of your current subscription status.
About USGENE page
At the bottom of the USGENE BLAST Search Portal interface there is an About USGENE link. This page now provides the latest USGENE statistics, specifically sequence count and documents counts. We are very proud of the timeliness and breadth of our database and this allows you to make a simple comparison of the comprehensiveness of USGENE as compared to other services you may currently be using.
Remember, there is still time to take advantage of the 30 day free access. This entitles the user to full use of the database for 30 days.
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