what does FASTA stand for
fatherdes at eircom.net
Tue Feb 20 04:33:41 EST 2001
Bill Pearson please correct me if I am wrong but (I assume you know why it
is called fasta :-) the fast just stands for fast. It is one of a series of
fast database similarity search programs, the first of which that I knew of
was called FASTP (where the P stood for protein) and its cousin FASTN (for
nucleotides). These were replaced by a program which did both which was
The first time I ever saw FASTP was on a 360kb floppy disk on an MS-DOS 8086
PC and it ran in a couple of minutes. That was a stunning program. Ahhhh,
those were the days.
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