Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saving proteins with the UniProt basket

Have you ever browsed through different UniProt proteins, wishing you could save them somewhere for later? That's exactly what the UniProt basket allows you to do. It remembers your saved proteins so you can build your selection over time or simply come back to a saved protein later on. Here's a quick guide to your UniProt basket.

UniProt provides several tools and action buttons you can use directly on the search results page (i.e. Align, Blast, Download and Add to Basket). The basket provides you with the same tools for your saved proteins. You can select proteins within the basket to align them, run a Blast search or download them in various formats. You can delete the entries one by one from the 'Remove' column or use the 'Clear' button to delete all saved entries from the tab you're in (UniProtKB, UniRef or UniParc). You can also use the 'Full View' button to transfer the entries to a full results page for additional functionality such as filters and customisable columns.

You can add proteins to your basket from search results pages for the UniProtKB, UniRef or UniParc datasets. Simply select them in the results table and click on the 'Add to basket' button.

Once you add entries to your basket, you will see a small basket icon appear under the entry ID. You will also see the number on the basket changing to show that new proteins have been added. Clicking on the basket button will show you your saved proteins.

You can also add proteins to your basket from the protein entry pages, using the 'Add to basket' button towards the top of the page.

There is a limit of 400 entries in the basket, so be careful when trying to add large datasets. The contents of the basket will remain there until you delete your browser's cookies or clear the basket yourself. 

Try the UniProt basket next time you're looking to save your proteins somewhere. Is there more functionality you would like to see in the basket? Write in and let us know!