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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 2 (2001), Issue 1, Pages 25-27
Conference Paper

Many Genbank Entries for Complete Microbial Genomes Violate the Genbank Standard

Bioinformatics Research Group, SRI International, EK223, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A survey of Genbank entries for complete microbial genomes reveals that the majority do not conform to the Genbank standard. Typical deviations from the Genbank standard include records with information in incorrect fields, addition of extraneous and confusing information within a field, and omission of useful fields. This situation results from two principal causes: genome centres do not submit Genbank records in the proper form and the Genbank, EMBL and DDBJ staffs do not enforce the database standards that they have defined.