.FASTA File Extension

FASTA Sequence File

General Information

Title FASTA File Extension
Extension .fasta
Full Form FASTA Sequence File
File Type Text-based Format for Nucleotide and Protein Sequences
Developer Pearson & Lipman, 1988
MIME Type text/x-fasta

File Function

Primary Function Store sequences
Additional Functions Represent nucleotides, proteins
Features Human-readable, Simple format

File Characteristics

Quality Text quality
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Bioinformatics Yes
Genetic Research Yes
Evolutionary Studies Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Data integrity
Best Practices Validate format, Backup data

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1980s
Standardized By NCBI

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .fna, .ffn, .faa, .mpfa

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
NCBI BLAST Free Web-based
UCSC Genome Browser Free Web-based
Clustal Omega Free Web-based