Issues related to NCBI’s transition from GI Numbers to Accession Numbers
Version Affected: 13 and previous
Version Fixed: 14.0
Issue: The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has announced that they are changing certain file formats and restructuring their EUtils databases. The date of this change has not been announced, but will likely occur in Fall 2016.
Many Lasergene applications allow you to search and download files from NCBI databases. The upcoming NCBI changes will affect BLAST/Entrez searching and Transcript Annotation Database functionality in all existing versions of Lasergene (through version 13). For example, Lasergene currently utilizes NCBI’s present identification system of “Genome Identifier Number” (GI #) as the unique sequence identifier, though “Accession Numbers” are also supported in many situations. As one of the changes, NCBI intends to begin using “Accession Numbers” as the unique sequence identifier.
Resolution: As of Lasergene 14.0, all applicable Lasergene applications now support “Accession Numbers” as the unique sequence identifier. To avoid or correct this issue, update to the most recent version of Lasergene by logging in to your DNASTAR account. If you have questions or need assistance updating your software, please contact DNASTAR at 866-511-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.