For this weeks sessions of my phyloinformatics course I'm developing some phylogeny tools. The first is a simple AJAX-based BLAST tool. I've always wanted a quick way to see a GenBank sequence in its phylogenetic context, so I've built a simple tool to that takes a GenBank accession number or GI number, submits a BLAST job, retrieves the sequences, aligns them using CLUSTALW, builds a quick and dirty neighbour-joining tree using PAUP*, then displays the tree using SVG (if your browser doesn't support this you won't see the tree). One use for this is to quikcly get a sense of whether an unnamed ("dark") taxon is related to sequences that have been identified.
Nothing fancy, but it was a chance to display the whole process in the browser without opening new windows or refreshing the page. Here's an example for the GenBank sequence FJ559186: