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Human Genome News, May 1993; 5(1)

EMBL Introduces BLITZ E-Mail Server

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Biocomputing Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh have introduced BLITZ, a new e-mail server for comparing newly determined protein sequences with the SWISS-PROT protein sequence database. BLITZ is based on the MPsrch program developed by Shane Sturrock and John Collins (University of Edinburgh). MPsrch is the fastest implementation of the exhaustive local similarity algorithm for sequence database searching. It runs on the 4096-processor MasPar MP-1 machine at EMBL, using the Smith & Waterman algorithm and performing up to 160 million cell updates per second.

For detailed help, send the mail message help to the Internet address To run a search using default-weight matrix and INDEL cost settings, send an e-mail message with the word seq on the first line and the sequence in free format on succeeding lines. The end of the sequence is denoted by ending the mail message or by inserting a new line beginning with the word end. A similar service for nucleotide database searching is forthcoming.

For further information, contact EMBL Data Library; Postfach 10.2209; W-6900 Heidelberg, Germany (Int. 49/62-21-387258, Fax: -387519; Internet: For information on MPsrch, contact John Collins; Biocomputing Research Unit; University of Edinburgh; U.K. (Int. 44/31-650-5365, Fax: /668-3870; Internet: or


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