The National Center for Biotechnology Information is asking for the bioinformatics community's input on a proposed Blast XML specification update planned for release in the summer of 2014.

The update, according to the development team, is intended to improve the consistency of the Blast output with XML standards as well as put in place new and useful elements.

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