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Like many who regularly use GenBank, Sandra Porter wonders how accurate and up to date the information in there is. It's not a curated database, she says, but a "library of archival information" that contains a lot of outdated -- and wrong -- sequence information. At Sandwalk, Larry Moran has been bugged by this issue for two decades, mostly because it's such a big one for the community.

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