Genomic Feature

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This is a generic and general term to describe any genomic region with some annotated function. E.g. a gene, CDS, mRNA, rRNA, tRNA, repeat sequence, inverted repeat, miRNA, siRNA, origin of replication. A given genomic feature may be comprised of multiple specific genomic locations that together form the genomic feature. For example, a protein coding gene (CDS) is encoded by a gene that has multiple exons. Each exon is spliced together to form a mature mRNA. The CDS feature itself is therefor comprised of multiple genomic locations that neighbor one another.