GenBank release 149.0 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/. The release contains 51,674,486,881 base pairs and 46,947,388 entries. Uncompressed, the 149.0 flat files require about 179 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires around 156 GB.

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