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How to import annotated GenBank sequences via copy and paste

While MacVector does have a built-in Entrez browser (Database > Internet Entrez Search) you can easily import GenBank formatted text into MacVector via a simple copy and paste approach. Many sequence-oriented web sites have the option of viewing sequences in GenBank format. This format always starts with the text LOCUS and finishes with two forward slashes (//). Simply select starting at LOCUS, hold down the [shift] key and scroll down the document until you see the // at the end and complete the selection to that point as shown below. Choose Edit > Copy to copy the entire text. Now switch to MacVector and choose File > New From Clipboard. This will create a new window containing the fully annotated sequence.


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