Bioinformatics connects life sciences and quantitative sciences, typically involving the application of software and algorithms to solve computationally intensive questions, such as those in genomics, sequence analysis, and systems biology. Questions tagged Bioinformatics should have a direct ...

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What is the strand specificity of a reference genome?

It's a simple question but I've come across many people who have this question, is the reference genome Positive of Negative strand? Indeed, I've had heated arguments over the same issue. So here's ...
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Merge several .ab1 sequence files into a single FASTA file?

I have several .ab1 files generated from Chromas. I want to merge all of them into a single FASTA sequence file. How can I do this in an automated way? Note that I don't have Chromas installed (the ...
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Importance of Biodegradation pathway over other pathways

What is the importance of biodegradation pathway over other pathways? This question occured when I saw this paper: Fenner K, Gao J, Kramer S, Ellis L, Wackett L. Data-driven extraction of relative ...
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Why and how does uniprot list ~150,000 proteins in the human genome?

Using organism:"Homo sapiens (Human) [9606]" as a query in uniprot returns ~146,000 proteins. I was under the impression that there were only 20-25,000 proteins in ...
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IC50 calculation [closed]

I am a computer science student and I'm in an internship at a genomics and biotechnologies research institute. My current task is to calculate the IC50 and the EC50 given a set of data as a table. ...
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How to compare two RNA transcripts?

In this paper, the cuffcompare RNA package is reported: Because of the stochastic nature of sequencing, assembly of the same transcript in two different samples may result in transfrags of ...
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Interpretation of qPCR results for low expression genes

I am attempting to validate existence of a transcript using 40 cycle qPCR. I designed primers for a unique feature of this transcript, and also designed primers for a sequence in the transcript that ...
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What does “each pathway define an independent genotype” mean?

In a section of this paper. However, if the question of independency is posed in the form: “Does each pathway shown define an independent genotype?,” then each of these three pathways is ...
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Are there journals for theoretical models of protein-protein interactions?

Are there respectable scientific journals for publishing models of protein-protein interactions obtained by docking simulations? I would also discuss the biological significance of the particular mode ...
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What are some (bioinformatic) methods to characterize potentially novel gene transcripts?

I am working with a few novel transcripts of genes- before I confirm their existence experimentally, I would like to perform some bioinformatic analysis. I have already considered coding potential, ...
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What are the programming languages important to learn for a geneticist or bioinformatician? [closed]

I am interested in learning more about both genomics and bioinformatics, with emphasis on genomics. I was told after taking an introductory course of genomics that the programming language "R" and ...
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Hodgin-Huxley model for a single neuron - continuation

As continuation to This question I have posted. Another set of questions is given for the same model : This time it is also given that for $t<0$ the membrane potential is $u_0$, and at $t=0$ it ...
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Extract protein sequences from a GBK(GenBank) file without scripting [closed]

How to extract protein sequences from a GBK(GenBank) file without scripting? I know that writting a script using BioPerl or Biopython can do this, but it is not elegant and daunting to beginners and ...
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How reliable is SwissProt topology?

I am using TOPO_DOM annotations from uniprot databases to characterise the orientation of transmembrane features. Is SwissProt topology experimentally validated, ...
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What is the difference between options protein and replication in the NCBI database?

After checking the NCBI help page, I am still unclear about the difference between protein and replication interactions for HIV. ...
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Efficient algorithm to calculate various population divergence statistics

Intro and description of the data I am simulating the evolution of very long DNA sequences. The model works well, is performant and will output data in the following kind of fasta format ...
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Which hydrophobicity scales are best for detecting transmembrane regions, and why?

There are many hydrophobicity scales for protein analysis. Broadly, I gather the differences between them are from the experimental method to acquire the data and the normalisation (or lack thereof) ...
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Cut-off values for LD, LOD and D-prime as algorithmic input

I created an algorithm to generate SNPs for random people of different descents - based on HapMap data. While this works good, there is something else I want to take into consideration. So if a SNP ...
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Design arbitrary degenerate primers (with non-binding criteria)

I would like to design a number of arbitrary degenerate primers (primers with variable bases, e.g. NGATWGCTSATNGC) for a TAIL-PCR. I would like to be able to ...
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Deciding a reasonable threshold for copy number variation in a CNV (SNP array) TCGA dataset

Is there a methodology to select a reasonable threshold for copy number variation in a CNV (SNP array) TCGA dataset, to define when there is a significative alteration? Can I download CNV data for ...
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What's read depth in VCF?

There is an attribute defined as DP (Total Depth) in VCF file format. For example, http://www.1000genomes.org/node/101. What does this attribute mean? If I get a value of like DP=128. How can be that ...
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What is enrichment? [closed]

Could someone please clarify, in layman's terms, what enrichment means? I'm currently looking at MACS and peak calling. Repeated mentions of "enriched" or "enrichment". Thanks.
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Patterns/Motifs Repository [closed]

I am new to this area. I am a researcher working on fast pattern searching in general scenarios (e.g., regex in string matching). I am curious about the "regular expression (regex)" (pattern/motif) ...
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best book for a comprehensive introduction to biology for a computer science graduate interested in undertaking research in bioinformatics [closed]

I have a postgraduate degree in computer science, and I wish to undertake research in bioinformatics. I had chemistry but no biology in high school. I have read bioinformatics books like "biological ...
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Introductory book in genetics? [duplicate]

I am working in the field of neuroscience with a background in computer science. I try to find new ways of analyzing brain imaging data (mostly MRI, EEG, MEG, fMRI) with modern machine learning ...
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How do I find the number of child terms associated with a specific GO term?

I am trying to figure out how to find the number of child terms associated with a specific Gene Ontology (GO) term using QuickGO, without just counting the amount of terms in a list. For example when ...
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GATK workflow for Cancer

I am just starting to learn to use bioinformatics tools. My university has a limited and expensive bioinformatics team, so I'm mostly on my own except for big questions. I am planning to use GATK to ...
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Sequence evolution simulation tool

I'm looking for a tool to simulate sequence evolution given a specific mutation model and birth-death model. I'm aware of tools and packages like INDELible, Seq-Gen and PhyloSim, but they simulate ...
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Load specific sequences in with BioSeqIO [closed]

I am trying to load a multifasta file with Perl using my $in = Bio::SeqIO->new( -file => $entrance) and then I loop trhough the file looking for id i ...
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120-year-old gene regulation problem independently solved by a computer. How?

My Background: I'm a mathematics graduate student with a physics background. I have a very little biology knowledge and a little knowledge of machine learning and statistics. Topic: I recently ...
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Primer heterodimer problem

I design my primers in Primer3PLUS and analyze them in Oligoanalyzer3.1, A big problem that I have this is that I got very nice output in NCBI-Primer BLAST for their specificity but a very negative ΔG ...
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Are there constraints on where intron/exon boundaries occur with respect to the triplet codons of the reading frame?

I did a quick search (here and elsewhere) and couldn't find anything on this subject. If all introns in a given primary transcript were spliced out in the same way, then this wouldn't matter. But ...
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Affymetrix SNP data, how to filter out rows based on rsid [closed]

This is my first time on stackexchange. I am new to bioinformatics, and I have some new SNP data from an Affymetrix Axiom array. I have the genotypes exported into a giant tab-delimited table txt ...
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Comparison of gene expression time series in vitro and in vivo

I have to analyse two datasets consisting of time-series measurements of gene expression. One set are in vivo data from the expression profiles obtained between a few days before birth to several days ...
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What ways are there to determine how big genera are?

I want to look at genera as a whole, across the animal kingdom to determine the range of sizes of genera. I have examined species richness and genetic diversity (pairwise distance from sequence data ...
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Why Pan_troglodytes-2.1.3 Assembly renamed as a Pre in ENSEMBL?

I began working with panTro3 assembly of the UCSC. This assembly corresponds to CGSC Build 2.1.3. See here: https://genome.ucsc.edu/FAQ/FAQreleases.html Now, I have to cross annotations with ENSEMBL ...
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Getting read size less then specified in parameter file Flux Simulation

I have tried to use flux simulation tool to generate simulated RNA-seq data. I gave the following parameter file to flux-simulation shell script ...
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Programmatic way to differentiate homodimers from heterodimers?

For pdb files is there a simple programmatic way to determine if the file is made up of homodimers or heterodimers. I have many files so an online tool or some ...
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What is the difference between sequence, reads, and contigs of genetic material?

Can someone explain the differences between sequence, reads, and contigs of genetic material such as DNA, if possible with an example? I am new to bioinformatics, and I have not found any conclusive ...
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How can we verify predictions of protein folding in silico?

Currently, there is a lot of research focused on solving the folding patterns of proteins using computers (Folding@Home, https://fold.it/portal/, etc.). The question that I have is: How do you know ...
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determining meaning of basic biological keywords about C. elegans

First of all I have to say that I have no biology background since I'm a undergraduate computer science student. Nowadays, for my research I need to use some of the databases related with ...
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Questions regarding a particular paper

With respect to the following paper: Automated identification of protein-ligand interaction features using Inductive Logic Programming: a hexose binding case study I have a few questions: in page ...
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how to find accurately the closest species to my plant species?

I'm working on some bioinformatic analysis of a non-model woody plant within the family with least information. So, I'm looking for a closest species to my plant. Any suggestion would be highly ...
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What is meant by clonal isolates?

With respect to this website: http://horfdb.dfci.harvard.edu/ what does the term clonal isolates mean?
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An example for N50? Why do we need it?

I'm trying to understand N50 on the wikipedia. But I was unable to get a sense of the definition: Given a set of contigs, each with its own length, the N50 length is defined as the length for ...
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How could I identify whether given RNA-seq data is paired end or single end

I need to have a RNA-Seq dataset and therefore, I've visited the following site NCBI-geo C. Elegans In the Supplemantary file part, I clicked the SRP/SRP051/SRP051702 ftp and downloaded sra file. ...
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Trying to understand the big picture behind DNA sequencing, alignment and searching

I'm about to start a bioinformatics research project but I haven't any biological background. I know my project is in regards to a performance analysis of DNA sequencing and searching "weapons" like ...
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Identifying the origin of replication of an unannotated *E. coli* plasmid

I have attempted a few searches for a list of origins of replication for plasmids in E. coli, but I was only able to find a list of origins, but not their individual sequences. The available plasmid ...
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Biopython - Big Discrepancy Calculating RNA melting Temperature over Literature

I experience big discrepancies when calculating melting temperature of RNA 7-mers with Biopython over values generated by a popular algorithm. I tried the nearest neighbour algorithm with RNA and ...
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Determining the percentage of the query of an alignment from a BLAST output

Given this BLAST output, how can I determine the percentage of the query sequence in the alignment? I know that it's also referred to as 'query cover' but I can't seem to find anything online that ...