May 26, 2018

Collection of programs for searching DNA and protein databases

Version 2 of the FASTA packages contains many programs for performing sequence comparisons, producing local alignments, and other related tasks for analysing DNA and proteins.

Currently, the FASTA2 suite is in maintenance mode. This package provides the analysis tools from FASTA2. The searching programs are available in version 3 of the FASTA packages, which may be found in the port biology/fasta3.

FASTA is described in W. R. Pearson and D. J. Lipman 1988, “Improved Tools for Biological Sequence Analysis”, PNAS 852444- 2448, and W. R. Pearson 1990 “Rapid and Sensitive Sequence Comparison with FASTP and FASTA” Methods in Enzymology 18363- 98.

The FASTA2 suite is distributed freely subject to the condition that it may not be sold or incorporated into a commercial product.

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