FASTA format

The original Fasta (FA) file format is rather simple. Each fasta block contains a description line that starts with a ">" ("greater than") symbol and multiple lines containing the sequence itself. Further examples for FASTA format can be found for instance here.

Oftenly, the description line is tokenized into different tags, separated by either "|" ("pipe", as in NCBI standard) or ";" ("semi-colon", as in the Pearson FASTA format). The Flux Capacitor and the Flux Simulator use these separators to divide the descriptor line in the fields of the Flux Mapped Read Descriptor.

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