A Quarter Century of GenBank

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Getting ready to celebrate its 25th birthday in October, GenBank has come a long way. The nucleic acid sequence database was established by NIH in 1982 and grew out of the Los Alamos Sequence Database developed by Walter Goad and others at the Los Alamos National Lab. This was at about the same time as the EMBL Data Library was created. Many of us have seen the graphs showing its exponential growth, doubling about every 18 months.

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