FASTA algorithm

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The heuristic FASTA - algorithm was in 1985 by David J. Lipman and William R. Pearson as FASTP for proteins developed. The program was expanded to nucleotides in 1988 .

FASTA searches for similarities between sequences or compares a given sequence with a sequence database . The sequence data is saved in FASTA format .

The algorithm is used, for example, in the SIMAP project.

See also


  1. ^ Lipman, DJ & Pearson, WR (1985): Rapid and sensitive protein similarity searches. In: Science. Vol. 227, pp. 1435-1441. PMID 2983426
  2. ^ Pearson, WR & Lipman, DJ (1988): Improved tools for biological sequence comparison. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 85, pp. 2444-2448. PMID 3162770 PDF

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