Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Jan;36(Database issue):D25-30. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkm929. Epub 2007 Dec 11.


GenBank (R) is a comprehensive database that contains publicly available nucleotide sequences for more than 260 000 named organisms, obtained primarily through submissions from individual laboratories and batch submissions from large-scale sequencing projects. Most submissions are made using the web-based BankIt or standalone Sequin programs and accession numbers are assigned by GenBank staff upon receipt. Daily data exchange with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Nucleotide Sequence Database in Europe and the DNA Data Bank of Japan ensures worldwide coverage. GenBank is accessible through NCBI's retrieval system, Entrez, which integrates data from the major DNA and protein sequence databases along with taxonomy, genome, mapping, protein structure and domain information, and the biomedical journal literature via PubMed. BLAST provides sequence similarity searches of GenBank and other sequence databases. Complete bimonthly releases and daily updates of the GenBank database are available by FTP. To access GenBank and its related retrieval and analysis services, begin at the NCBI Homepage:

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Complementary / chemistry
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid*
  • Expressed Sequence Tags / chemistry
  • Genomics
  • Internet
  • National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA*
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface


  • DNA, Complementary