In current era, we are handling huge amount of genomics data, and analysing it to make some biological sense out of it. Large-scale sequence studies requiring BLAST-based analysis produce huge amounts of data to be parsed. There are several BLAST parsers are available, but they are often missing some important features, such as keeping all information from the raw BLAST output, allowing direct access to single results, and performing logical operations over them.
Massimiliano Orsini and Simone Carcangiu develope a new and fast fast package "BlaSTorage" to parse and store BLAST results. BlaSTorage shows comparable speed of more basic parser written in compiled languages as C++ and can be easily integrated into web applications or software pipelines.