[EMBOSS] Remote Genbank from NCBI?

Hans-Rudolf Hotz hrh at fmi.ch
Sat Oct 1 11:15:41 UTC 2011

On 10/01/2011 11:37 AM, Georgios Magklaras wrote:
> On 09/30/2011 08:22 PM, Ed Siefker wrote:
>> Is there a way to access NCBI Genbank remotely?
>> My emboss.default contains the following:
>> DB tgb [ type: N method: srswww format: genbank
>> url: "http://cbr-rbc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/srs6bin/cgi-bin/wgetz"
>> dbalias: genbankrelease
>> fields: "sv des org key"
>> comment: "Genbank IDs" ]
>> However that server does not exist. I've looked on
>> the NCBI website for alternatives, but all I can find
>> is the ftp site. I've also read the EMBOSS admin guide.
>> The examples there use infobiogen.fr, which is also
>> closed.
>> So what do people do for genbank access? I'd prefer
>> to avoid setting up a local database myself if I can.
>> Is there a list of genbank mirrors around somewhere?
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> Hi Ed,
> Yes, that SRS server does not exist anymore. The EBI SRS server is there
> and updated regurarly, but I am not sure if it offers Genbank. It does
> offer a full version of EMBL (nucleotide database, the contents of the
> release should mirror sync those of Genbank), so if you type the
> following in your emboss.default file, you will connect:

Try the SRS server at the 'DKFZ', see:


or check the list of Public SRS Installations, see:


(although, I am not sure whether this list is actually still maintained)

Regards, Hans

> DB embl [ type: N method: srswww format: embl
> url: "http://srs.ebi.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wgetz"
> fields: "id sv des org key"
> comment: "EMBL" ]
> Best regards,
> GM

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