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Human Genome News Archive Edition
Human Genome News, November 1992; 4(4)
The Retrieve e-mail server accepts single or multiple text strings (e.g., locus names, accession numbers, keywords, author names) as queries, runs an IRX search against a single specified database, and returns the matching full records as a mail message. The BLAST e-mail server accepts either a nucleic acid or protein query sequence in FASTA format, runs the search against a single specified database or NCBI's combined nonredundant database; results are returned in an e-mail message.
An NCBI phone number or special account is not needed to use the system, only the ability to send an electronic mail message to NCBI. The query structure for mail messages is nearly identical to the IG server, but NCBI documentation should first be obtained by sending the one-word message (help) to the addresses below.
NCBI-GenBank is also distributed over the Internet through the FTP program from
The full release in flat file format is available as compressed files in the directory ncbi-genbank. A cumulative update file is contained in the subdirectory daily and a noncumulative file in the subdirectory daily-nc.
NCBI CD-ROMS are available through annual subscriptions that include a full release every 2 months. The following titles may be ordered through the Government Printing Office (202/783-3238, Fax: /512-2233) or from the Superintendent of Documents; P.O. Box 371954; Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954:
A CD-ROM with sequence data organized for similarity searching by FASTA is planned for early 1993. For further information on CD-ROMs, contact NCBI at NLM NCBI; Bldg. 38A, Room 8N-803; Bethesda, MD 20894 (301/496-2475, Fax: 301/480-9241, Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The electronic form of the newsletter may be cited in the following style:
Human Genome Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Human Genome News (v4n4).
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. See Timeline for more HGP history.
Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.