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... <sec id="bid.36"> <title>Microbial Genomes</title> <p>... A CON entry, containing instructions on how to put the pieces back together, is also made. The CON entry contains descriptor information, such as source organism and references, as well as a join statement providing explicit instructions on how to generate the complete genome from the pieces. The Accession number assigned to the CON record is also added as a secondary Accession number on each of the pieces that make up the complete genome (see <xref ref-type="fig" rid="bid.37">Figure 2</xref>). <fig id="bid.37"> <label>2</label> <caption><title>A GenBank CON entry for a complete bacterial genome.</title> <p>The information toward the <italic>bottom</italic> of the record describes how to generate the complete genome from the pieces.</p> </caption> <graphic xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xlink:href="ch1f2" mime-subtype="gif"/> </fig> </p> ... </sec> ...