The sole nucleotide sequence data bank in Asia, which is officially certified to collect nucleotide sequences from researchers and to issue the internationally recognized accession number to data submitters. It is one of 3 summit databanks that construct the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank International Nucleotide Sequence Database, which was established through cooperative work with EBI in Europe and NCBI in USA. Since the collected data is exchanged with EMBL-Bank/EBI; European Bioinformatics Institute and GenBank/NCBI; National Center for Biotechnology Information on a daily basis, the three data banks share virtually the same data at any given time. The virtually unified database is called INSD; International Nucleotide Sequence Database. DDBJ collects sequence data mainly from Japanese researchers, but accepts data and issues accession numbers to researchers in other countries.
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