dbSTS: database of "Sequence Tagged Sites"









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 dbSTS will no longer accept submissions after October 1, 2013.

See How to submit data for instructions on submitting sequences to GenBank and primers to Probe.



dbSTS is an NCBI resource that contains sequence data for short genomic landmark sequences or Sequence Tagged Sites (Olson et al., 1989).

STS sequences are incorporated into the STS Division of GenBank.

Search for STS entries

The text search of the dbSTS database has been discontinued as of March 19, 2001.

STS division entries in GenBank can be retrieved using Entrez.

The STS division nucleotide sequences can be searched using BLAST.

The STS division nucleotide sequences in FASTA format are available by anonymous FTP.

How to submit data

As of October 1, 2013 GenBank will discontinue the specialized dbSTS pipeline. 

If you have experimentally determined the sequence by direct sequencing, please submit your sequence to the main GenBank database using one of the submission tools Bankit or Sequin.  Please see for more information on how to prepare your submission.  If you choose to submit using sequin and your dbSTS markers are microsatellites, we would encourage you to use the microsatellite wizard.


If you have determined primer sequences based on a downloaded sequence from a database and you did not experimentally determine the sequence yourself, please submit the designed primers to the Probe database.  For more information on submitting to the Probe database, please see


If you did both experimentally determine the sequence and create primers, you can submit the amplicon to GenBank and the primers to the Probe database.  Please reference the corresponding GenBank Accession Numbers with  your probe submission.


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Revised September 13, 2013