Authors: Jeany Prinz & Oleg Yasnev
Today we will have a blast by travelling ∼270,000 years back in time. And we won’t even need a DeLorean, just our trusty KNIME Analytics Platform. We will return to the Ice Age and examine genetic material retrieved from a cave. We will solve the mystery as to which species the DNA came from.
To investigate this ancient DNA, we will utilize one of the most widely used bioinformatics applications: BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool). We will do that by running the BLAST RESTful interfaces to submit BLAST searches inside of KNIME Analytics Platform. This post speaks directly to people interested in bioinformatics. At the same time, because it covers the technical aspect of handling asynchronous REST operations, it will also be useful for those in other fields. Thus, if you have an interesting web application you want to use within KNIME - especially one where the resource method execution takes longer - keep reading!