> 1. Is it possible to download large sections from an ftp
Yes. FTP to genbank.bio.net or [126.96.36.199]. The databases are in
> Is it possible to get a hold of 1/4" tapes of
> data or even CD-ROMs for local use.
These are also available. You can contact GenBank at 415-962-7364 if
you want to discuss options and subscription or one-time tape or CD
> I am using a
> Mac IIfx for most of this stuff and would prefer to
> have everything be accessible under the Mac environment.
The GenBank CDROM can be used in conjunction with the Mac.
> 2. Is there a document that details the various database
> formats? If so, where can I get a copy?
This information is contained in the release notes which accompany the
kristoff at genbank.bio.net