FASTA is a bare-bones flat-file format for DNA, RNA and protein sequence data.
It's the most widely used & understood format for unannotated sequence, probably due in large part to its simplicity.
It can also be used to represent multiple alignments (see gapped FASTA format
For details see e.g.
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