NCBI, Broad Institute


NCBI to Remove 350-kb GenBank Sequence Length Limit

NCBI said last week that it would lift the current 350-kilobase limit on the sequence length of GenBank records as of June 2004.

The limit, which was originally put in place “as an aid to users of sequence analysis software, some of which might not be capable of processing megabase-scale sequences,” was deemed unnecessary at the May 2003 collaborative meeting among representatives of GenBank, EMBL, and DDBJ.

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