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SRA | The sequence read archive

Stores raw sequence data from next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. SRA is a database which works as a core infrastructure for sharing of pre-publication sequence data, with the aim to make sequence data available to the research community to enhance reproducibility and allow for new discoveries by comparing data sets. The database also stores alignment information in the form of read placements on a reference sequence.

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SRA classification

SRA specifications

Unique identifier:
Alternative name:
Community driven:
User data submission:
Sequence Read Archive
Restrictions to use:
Data access:
File download, Browse

SRA support



  • Yuichi Kodama <>

Additional information

SRA2R, allows to import SRA data directly into R:


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Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan, National Institute of Genetics, Research
Organization of Information and Systems, Yata, Mishima, Japan; National Center for Biotechnology
Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA; European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Funding source(s)

Supported by the DNA Data Bank of Japan, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust, the National Library of Medicine, and Intramural Research Program of the NIH.

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