.FAA File Extension
FASTA Sequence File
|Developer||David J. Lipman and William R. Pearson|
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What is a FAA file?
An FAA file stores a record of one or more nucleic acid or protein sequences saved in the FASTA format. Each sequence includes an identification code and the sequence in plain text. Various DNA sequencing applications support the format, and text and source code editors can also open the format.
David J. Lipman and William R. Pearson created the FASTA format and released it in 1985. Biochemistry students, academics, and professionals often work with FAA files when storing and processing bioinformatics information.
The FASTA format
The FASTA format begins with the > character in the header, followed by a sequence identification code. The following line is the sequence itself, which may be more than one line.
How to open a FAA file
Opening an FAA file with a text editor
You can open an FAA file with a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (Windows) or Apple TextEdit (Mac). However, opening the FAA file with a text editor will not display the sequence in the FAA file like a DNA app that natively supports it.
When opened in a text editor, you can view the sequence in the FAA file and modify its properties. However, if you incorrectly edit the sequence, you may corrupt it.
How to convert a FAA file
Several applications, such as GSL Biotech SnapGene and Heracle BioSoft DNA Baser, can convert FAA files to other formats.
For example, SnapGene can convert FAA files to the following formats: