The EST database contains sequence records from the bulk EST (Expressed Sequence Tag) division of GenBank. These are typically short single-pass reads from cDNA libraries often generated as large survey project. Data from EST can be used to catalog expressed genes for a particular organ, tissue or cell type or general for a species, and compare expression levels of genes in various library sources.
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September 13, 2010