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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Which information can be obtained from a list of gene names?

Lets say I only have a list of gene names. I know they are up regulated and I know they are related to cancer. What information can I obtain from having only the names of genes? For example is there ...
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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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Is it possible to add a new sequence to a blast database without recreating it from scratch?

I have a new sequence and I want to add it to a pre-constructed BLAST database containing other sequences. The makeblastdb help does not give any hint on this regard.
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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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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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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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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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Protein secondary structure prediction

I'm trying to predict the protein secondary and 3-D structure for the sequence [Q1NN20] and need some help getting the ball rolling. I'm getting confused with how and when to use Jpred, swiss-mod, ...
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Mass Spectrometry Terminology

I began reading this paper (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/14/56) and had a few questions about mass spectrometry terminology that I couldn't find answers to elsewhere. Consider the following ...
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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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What exactly are computers used for in DNA sequencing?

I've thoroughly read the Wikipedia article on DNA sequencing and can't get one thing. There's some hardcore chemistry involved in the process that somehow splits the DNA and then isolates its parts. ...
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Drosophila biarmipes gene annotation, transposable element?

When doing an annotation of a contig31 of Drosophila biarmipes genome, the gene predictions(in orange, red, green, tan, blue, brown, and gray) picked up numerous possible genes in the area circled in ...
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How do you convert mtDNA sequences in FASTA to FSTAT format?

I've got control region sequence data from a population of shark and I'm looking to convert this from FASTA to FSTAT in order to calculated the effective population size of females. The software I ...
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How is protein cavity centre related to binding?

I am confused and I have the following questions: 1. What are (in the context of article below) protein cavity centres? 2. How are they related to binding? (Automated identification of protein-ligand ...
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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 ...
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Multistability in the lactose ultization network

Reading the paper here, I'm confused about the production of figure 4d. The method of production is detailed in the supplementary information under the heading "Theoretical phase diagram". ...
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What does a read simulator do?

There are various software for simulating reads for Next Generation Sequencing. Can anyone tell what exactly is done by a read simulator software
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Using Jpred to predict secondary structure

I'm trying to use Jpred to predict secondary structure for a protein sequence. When I run J-pred, I get a bunch of hits from PDB. I've also noticed these 'hits' are the same name as the templates i ...
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Why reference genome is a reference?

I have heard that a reference genome such as humans is generated by randomly choosing samples from a group of donors. But why do we call the DNA sequence generated as a reference? Why should we ...
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Ribosomal DNA references sequences

I'm having a bit of trouble with searching for this piece of information. I'm doing a study related to phylogenetic susceptibility of hosts to pathogens (based on a recent Nature publication), ...
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How can I create R8 (homopolymer repeat) filter without using illumina pipeline?

illumina instruments have built-in -or online- analysis software for variant analysis (CASAVA). This software can filter out the false positive variants near the homopolymer repeats (AAAAAAAA) and ...
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Book/source for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics?

Does anyone know of sources for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics? I would like to learn alot of skills I could apply potently in the workforce if I ever became adept at the fields. My ...
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Where can I find mutation datasets for cancer (other than TCGA)?

My lab has been using TCGA data (somatic mutations and clinical data) to develop panels of genes and of mutations we expect to see in certain cancer populations. We'd like to validate our panels by ...
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Using RNA-seq to compare gene expression across patients instead of between Control and Experimental conditions

I am working with RNA-seq data from the Cancer Genome Atlas TCGA and I have been reading about how people have compared gene expression levels measured by RNA-seq. Many of the papers I have read talk ...
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TCGA data, and bioinformatics design questions for SNP/ mirna analysis

It's my first time posting to this forum but was looking for some help on the data aspects of this project. My tools of choice would be in python/R . Goal: I'm looking to create a disease specific ...
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Mapping a mutation to known SNP, 3' UTR, miR

I've parsed out a very large TCGA cancer ssm (single mutation file) file to give me the essential information. The ssm is in the following format: ...
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How to select genes before log2 ratio on a RNASeq gene expression matrix, based on signal median

I want to transform a TCGA mRNA expression matrix (in linear data format) to log2-ratios and then run a feature (gene) selection, selecting the 1000 most variant genes (genes with higher standard ...
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Relative microRNA comparison from from TCGA data?

I have a conceptual question that I was hoping someone could answer. Can I say that microRNA A is expressed x-fold greater than microRNA B directly from the TCGA miRseq data? Can I do this after ...
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TCGA gene expression data are missing matched normal

I'm trying to use the TCGA data portal to get gene expression data for cancer tissues, but I'm not sure what "Tumor matched normal" means. It is unclear to me if the values are already compared to a ...
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How can I text-mine full-text articles from PubMed? [closed]

I want to do a text mining study using full-text versions of articles I find on PubMed. My intended search protocol will be roughly as follows: Search PubMed using a gene name (and any alternate ...
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Which sequence assemblers I can use to compare different paradigms?

I'm a high school student whose interested in bioinformatics. Therefore I chose a project which I study Sequence Assembly. My main goal is to compare different paradigms (Greedy, OLC, De Bruijn). I ...
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What makes a good phylogenetic tree?

How can one improve a phylogenetic tree? If one was to make the 'golden standard' of phylogenetic trees what features would it have? Would it be highly reliable, well resolved etc? What other features ...
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Best software for protein in electric field modeling?

I'm trying to find a free, or cheap, software program to model the movement of a heterotrimeric protein in an alternating electric field. The dipole and crystal structure of the trimer are known. ...
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Common Metrics of Assessing DNA Sequence Quality

What are commonly accepted metrics for assessing DNA sequence quality (platform-specific answers are fine)? I am relatively new to this topic, and I want to either find or code (in Python or C++) ...
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Compare Proteins - Structural / Sequence parameters

I have been working on algorithms that extract co evolutionary signatures from protein sequence. As a result of my work I got some evolutionary information which possibly explains cotranslational ...
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Core Biological concepts explained to a Computer Scientist?

I am a computer scientist delving into Bioinformatics and I need to gain insight in biological phenomena. How would you explain three core concepts as: Evolution, Selection and Variation, to a ...
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Epistasis Across Chromosomes and Individuals 'Homozygous for Interactions'

Apologies for any failures in nomenclature. I'm a mathematician who is making a foray into genetics for a masters thesis. Specifically, I'm generating artificial diploid genetic sequence data and ...
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Where to find E.coli gene expression data?

I am searching E.coli whole genome expression data with different conditions, any suggestion is appreciated. Condition could be for example different growth temperature, different medias, etc. I have ...
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Help with STRING database data

I'm working with data downloaded from STRING database (string-db.org) for protein-protein interactions. My idea is to compare the topology of connections of the same protein on different organisms. ...
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Any tool to align whole genome sequence data to another genome and give exon regions a higher mark?

I want to align WGS data from several mammals to one reference such as the human genome sequence. Since in most cases exons should be conserved and spliced in the same way and introns should vary, I ...
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Simplified molecular-input line-entry system

This may be a bit abrupt/vague question, but I didn't know how to proceed the search to get the answer. What are the properties of a 3D biomolecule which gets ignored when a 3D biomolecule is ...
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Sequence compression method / format

As someone working with sequencing data and sequence files I was wondering whether is there a compression method / format for sequence / read files? Of course one can use general compressors like rar ...
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Primer Designing [closed]

I have a basic idea about the requirements in primer designing. Basically my knowledge is limited to theoretical knowledge and have no experience in actual primer designing. And also I have a basic ...
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How to get only perfect matches with blastn?

I have installed Blast locally and I've configured the nucleotide database to use. I want to search some sequences (from a .fastafile) in this genome. So I used blastn: ...
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Finding confidence level of miRNA disease associations

I'm an undergraduate computer engineering student, and I have a project about bioinformatics. In this manner, I need to find prediction( or association I'm not sure the correct terminology) confidence ...