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FASTA Sequence File
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File Format Description

Scientific data format used to store nucleic acid sequences (such as DNA sequences) or protein sequences; may contain multiple sequences and therefore is sometimes referred to as the FASTA database format; can be viewed and analyzed using DNA analysis software.

FASTA files often start with a header line that may contain comments or other information. The rest of the file contains sequence data. Each sequence starts with a ">" symbol followed by the name of the sequence. The rest of the line describes the sequence and the remaining lines contain the sequence itself.

Program(s) that open .FASTA files
Microsoft Windows Logo
Windows
GSL Biotech SnapGene Icon GSL Biotech SnapGeneExternal Link
BSEdit Icon BSEditExternal Link
Heracle BioSoft DNA Baser Icon Heracle BioSoft DNA BaserExternal Link
Icon Geospiza FinchTV
Icon GeneStudio SeqVerter
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Mac OS
GSL Biotech SnapGene Icon GSL Biotech SnapGeneExternal Link
Icon 4Peaks
Icon Geospiza FinchTV
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Linux
Icon EMBOSS abiview
Updated 11/29/2012