APPENDIX 1B Common File Formats

  1. Shonda A. Leonard1,
  2. Timothy G. Littlejohn (discussion of NCBI descriptor lines)2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bia01bs05

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Leonard, S. A. and Littlejohn, T. G. 2004. Common File Formats. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 1:1B.

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  1. 1

    Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

  2. 2

    IBM Life Sciences, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia

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  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2004
  2. Published Print: MAR 2004

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This appendix discusses a few of the file formats frequently encountered in bioinformatics. Specifically, it reviews the rules for generating FASTA files and provides guidance for interpreting NCBI descriptor lines, commonly found in FASTA files. In addition, it reviews the construction of GenBank files.