ESTs - Standards?

James Astwood astwood at
Mon Dec 21 14:50:00 EST 1992

I noticed that the latest release of GenBank (74.0) has created a new
sub-division for ESTs (a.k.a. Craig Venter's human brain cDNA bits).  This
is welcome (I think), but I can't find any good definitions or standards for
ESTs.  For example. how long does a cDNA need to be for it to be considered an
EST?  Also, should I dust off all those partial cDNA sequences I've
generated in the last five years that turned out to be uninteresting or
irrelevant to my projects?  Does species matter?

-   Jim Astwood
    Department of Plant Science
    The Univesity of Manitoba

James D. Astwood                    E-Mail: Astwood at ccu.UManitoba.CA
Department of Plant Science         Phone:  (204)-474-6064
University of Manitoba              FAX:    (204)-261-5732
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA          Postal:  R3T 2N2

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