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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Blosum matrix with probabilities instead of the positive and negative scores

I am trying to find a version of the BLOSUM matrix that has the frequencies instead of the scaled log-odds. i.e. instead of the common version that tells us that the score LEU/ASP is -4, I would like ...
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How can rooted and unrooted (phylogenetic) trees be distinguished from one another

I understand that both are similar in structure But how can they be easily identified as one or the other? Is it simply based on the presence or lack of a named root (the root is identified as a ...
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Quantitative Comparisons of Phylogenetic trees

I am working on a broad phylogenomic analysis of proteins involved in one particular cellular process. I have constructed a phylogenetic tree for each protein. I am now working on comparing those ...
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Protein structures given in PDB and SNP's

There are millions of proteins given in PDB, the sequence for which we can download in FASTA format. There are also hundreds of SNP's given in NCBI dbSNP. My question is whether the proteins in PDB ...
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The parameter for setting the number of mismatches in standalone blast

In a standalone blast search, is there a parameter that could be specified to fix the number of mismatches allowed in an alignment. I went through the parameters and I could only find parameters to ...
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Should the sum of RPKMs be constant over experiments

I have cufflinks data from 18 different RNA-seq experiments. I've noticed that if the sum all the RPKM values for a particular experiment, are vastly different between experiments. How could this be? ...
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dbSNP database table desciptions

I am trying to build a local implementation of dbSNP. I would like to know the descriptions of tables listed on ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/snp/database/organism_data/human_9606 and on ...
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What is the close and related genome used for in Gene models?

all I am a little bit confused about using the related genome or reference genome. When we have a reference genome, we can do alignment. Also we can do the assembly. Can you give some more reason ...
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What percentage of chimeric takes up in a cDNA library?

I get a cDNA library of species of Mollusca,and complete some of the clones with polyA tails.But when I translate them with three frames,I find there is a large percentage of sequences that cannot ...
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Local storage of NCBI database in MongoDB [closed]

My short term goal in a project is to build a local database of the NCBI dbSNP database. The data and schema are available on the FTP site(). I was going to implement the database using MySQL, but I ...
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Databases for metabolic pathways of human disease

Which databases contain the metabolic pathway of human diseases? I have searched Metacyc and KEGG but didn't find the appropriate metabolic pathway.
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I2D vs STRING for protein-protein interactions

Can someone clearly explain me the differences between STRING and I2D(Interlogous interaction database) ? What does each database do best ? Which database is better for what kinds of studies etc ?
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What do the Clustal Alignment Symbols Mean?

Occasionally I will run protein alignments on peptide families and I can never remember what the symbols mean to show degrees of identity. What do they mean?
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Meta-Data Retrieval from Bio-Rad Images

I asked a related question on SO, but I also had some biology related questions to this issue. One of the big things I'd like to do is sort between DNA/UV images and Western/Chemi images. After ...
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downloading a reference genome for alignment

I am currently working through the code example on the MATLAB website. It requires me to download the reference genome of Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) so I can use BowTie2 to align the Chip-Seq ...
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mFOLD prediction result interpretation

I am trying to predict the secondary structure of certain predicted pre-miRNAs through mFOLD which is the generally accepted technique for structure prediction in most studies. I am finding it hard to ...
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Steps to confirm if predicted miRNA is good or bad

I aligned all miRNAs available to the supercontigs of a particular genome with certain parameters (e value of 0.01 and a word match of atleast 7 as suggested in this paper). I have also isolated the ...
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List of np-hard problems in biology/bioinformatics

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this but... I am looking for a list of computationally "hard" problems such that if a problem from this list could be solved effectively, it would be ...
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What is the difference between local and global sequence alignments?

Obviously there are a bunch of different alignment tools out there, and I don't want to get bogged down in the maths behind them as this differs from software version to version. I am aware that ...
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How to determine the direction of regulation of a gene by comparing gene expressions?

I am just learning about the gene expressions and regulation. Several researches focus on finding the genes of altered gene expressions on a microarray to claim that they have a correlation to a ...
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What is the suitable terminology to describe this study approach?

I need to know the correct term(s) which are usually used in the parlance of both biology and bioinformatics for this study approach: About 11 transcripts were investigated using qPCR for a number of ...
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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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H O N C alternatives for organic life?

Most organic structures built from hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. They are represent 1-,2-,3-,4- bond relations (chemical valence) which allow to build variety of chain structures. Are there ...
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Base Substitution Probabilities Derivation

In Felsenstein's 1981 Paper Evolutionary Trees from DNA Sequences: A Maximum Likelihood Approach, he describes (in equations (6) and (7)) a derivation of the equation of the probability of a ...
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Color van der waals bonds in swiss PdbViewer

I'm trying to color certain amino acid's van der waals bonds as in the following picture: can anybody please describe the steps to accomplish that?
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Gene perturbation, what is it used for, explain to computer scientists? [closed]

I am trying to build a gene regulation network, and I need some basic knowledge of it. So, in gene research, we perturb genes. Such as knock down them? Can people tell 2 or 3 experiment methods to ...
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What is the potential function of ultra-conserved elements in the genome?

If selection pressure results in conservation of DNA sequences, what is the most plausible explanation for the existence of ultra-conserved elements (refs here and here) given that there hasn't been ...
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Infering the statistical tests performed in a paper [closed]

I am in great need of help in order to infer the statistical hypothesis tests performed in this paper (Xanthelasmata, arcus corneae, and ischaemic vascular disease and death in general population: ...
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Biological meaning/interpretation of clustering coefficience

I have been looking for some time to find an answer to the following question. I would be grateful for any help/advice or directions. I work very frequently with large number of proteins and assess ...
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Needing help in order to infer the statistical hypothesis tests performed in an old paper

I am in great need of help in order to infer the statistical hypothesis tests performed in an old paper. However I need to make some reasonable guesses only from the abstract of the paper since the ...
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How do download a list of the gene length of all genes?

I would like to get the gene length information of all the human genes. Is there a quick way to get this information? Thank you!
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Image analysis of GFP-tagged protein localization bursts

I'm reading an article (full text here) that analyze the dynamics of localization of a GFP-tagged transcription factor (Crz1) over the time at the single-cell level, by taking movies in a fluorescent ...
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Plastid and mitochondria

I am not biologist, so please bear with me for this basic question. Although I tried googling, I am confused. What is difference between plastid, chloroplast and mitochondria? Are there any plant ...
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Blast a sequence against multiple databases

I would like to BLASTP a list of protein sequences in fasta format against multiple protein databases. Since I'm only interested in the first hit of each database, it is possible that BLAST result ...
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How do you find pre-miRNAs from mature miRNA Blast output?

So in short, I did a blastn with standalone blast using all known miRNAs against the EST sequences in a genome (word length 7 and e-value 0.01). Now to confirm one of the next steps would be obtain ...
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introduction to Chip Seq

I hope this question is suitable for this site. I am concerned about the Chip experiment part so I think it should be okay. I am a Applied Math student starting to get into bioinformatics and so I've ...
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How do I share a protocol on Synbiota? [closed]

After I create a protocol on Synbiota, how can I share it with colleagues not in my project?
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Number of autoregulation and FFL motifs in a network

Suppose we have a network with N* nodes (N* is the number of internal nodes). Every directed link in this network exists with probability p. What would be the number of: motifs that are ...
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Which types of hydrogen bonds are known to exist in RNA secondary structures?

I'm programming an implementation of an algorithm for pattern matching in RNA structures. The algorithm assumes the following types of base pairs: Plain: No base pairs (just the primary structure of ...
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Degenerate primer design for DIG in situ hybridization

New to molecular and have learned to design primers from google/youtube so any info would help Would someone be willing to share their protocol for degenerate primer design? Breakdown: Trying to ...
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Width of vein in finger

I am working on my bachelors thesis, where one part of it is to find width of vein in fingertip. I use database images and extract vein patterns from it, but i have to calculate the width of vein and ...
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ChIP-seq and the output of SPP

I have been processing some ChIP-seq data with the R package spp. I looked through the literature (ENCODE uses it) and it seemed that spp is indicated as a good program to use. I have found and ...
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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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Bioinformatics : Drawbacks of using ORA(Overlap Analysis)

What do you think are the potential drawbacks/weakness of using ORA to explain distinction between two phenotypes. I identified a few which were the dependencies of DE and the statistical method used ...
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How can promoter binding sites be determined?

I have been trying to find out which sigma factor is responsible for the transcription of RNA polymerase subunits $\alpha$ (rpoA) and $\beta ^{\prime}$ (rpoC) in Bacillus subtilis. I would expect it ...
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relative-rate of evolution

I am supposed to calculate the relative rate of evolution of two sequences (human and sheep) with a chicken serving as the outgroup. The sequences are pretty long, so I will just create a short ...
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GO terms for non-model organisms

I have a list of differentially expressed genes from an RNA-Seq experiment in Xenopus laevis that I'm looking to functionally annotate with GO-terms. As X.laevis is not listed in DAVID it seems I have ...
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Single channel micro arrays

What does single channel microarray mean? When is it used? Thank you for your case in advance.
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Clustal Omega - convert from distance into # of substitutions

I have a set of nucleotide sequences for which I have aligned using Clustal Omega. In particular, I performed a full alignment, and obtained a full distance matrix. The distance matrix scores range ...
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How to check if a fastq file has single or paired end reads

I am trying to check if a fastq file has single or paired end reads. How can I achieve this with an error-proof method? I checked wikipedia and MAQ but I want to know if is there a reliable document ...