What is the difference between these two databases?

ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast/db/ and ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/genbank/

I understand that BLAST database has both nt for nucleotide and np for protein. But genbank is also for genomic database. So what is the difference between nt and Genbank databases?


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    $\begingroup$ They are the same data, but the interegation of the database is very different. Blast uses a similarity algorithm but Genbank uses record referencing. It is better to limit the quesiton towards a specific biological problem for a more detailed answer $\endgroup$
    – M__
    Sep 10 '19 at 20:52

I think the BLAST folder contains pre-formatted databases for BLAST whereas the GenBank folder contains sequences.


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