I am struggling with using NCBI's standalone blast, particularly the blastn feature.
I have a large number of nucleotide sequences that I want to use blastn to ID. The goal is to retrieve information from the blast program and eventually import this information to excel. I want to know the capabilities of, or the easiest way, to format the output. I am running a remote search to NCBI's nucleotide database and want to filter and organize the information retrieved as much as possible. The ultimate goal is automate a way to run a remote search to NCBI's nucleotide database, and to work with the results in excel.
I am extremely new to this and struggling to find the best path. From what I can gather, many prefer using external programs, scripts, parsers, interpreters etc to organize their results. I am okay with doing this as well, but would still like to format the output of my blastn search as much as possible beforehand. It is returning a lot of data to me that I don't need.
Can I automate this in excel, and just use VBA/macros to further organize my data? It seems some people prefer to just import the output text file to a spreadsheet and work from there. I have also seen options like BioEdit, eutilities, APIs... I'm not sure which route I should invest my time into figuring out.
Thanks so much for lending your time and expertise!