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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E-value BLAST cut-off

What is the best cut-off for e-value in BLAST? Some say 0.01 ,others 0.0001? Even BLAST tutorials don't give a very clear idea about which cutoff suits which purpose? Could some experts give me a ...
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Software to calculate Fst from sequence data

I'm looking for a software to calculate Fst from 3 loci DNA data of individuals from a metapopulation. I don't have any prior on the population structure (have no idea of the number of subpopulations ...
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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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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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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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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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Regarding the NCBI FTP site

I am trying to extract information about SNP data from the FTP server of NCBI. Could someone please explain to me how the directory is organised? There are many many files and folders and I can't ...
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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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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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Alleles notation in SNPPedia criteria

I can understand the allele notation when is in the form rs8176719(T;T) or rs8176719(G) but recently i found this ones rs8176719(T;-) or rs8176719(-;T). So im confused, rs8176719(T;-) is the same as ...
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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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Why are different lengths of nucleotides taken for structure prediction from an miRNA match area after BLAST analysis?

Generally in miRNA prediction most researchers do as Blast search with a set of miRNAs downloaded from miRBase with the parameters they require. Later on usually custom methods are utilized to get an ...
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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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What are some examples of evolving networks in biology?

I'm a master student working on networks analysis in general. A network is something that has nodes and there are links between the nodes. Nodes and links could have attributes. An evolving network is ...
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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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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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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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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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About the quality of microsatellites

I built a script to detect microsatellites in a FASTA file. However, there are thousands of possibilities. So, my question is: what are the markers of a "good" or "useful" microsatellite? - How ...
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Converting Ensembl Compara gene tree DNA alignment to corresponding amino acid alignment

I have Ensembl compara gene tree alignments (Compara.gene_trees.57.fasta.gz downloaded from ftp://ftp.ensembl.org/pub/release-57/emf/ensembl-compara/homologies/) in nucleotide format. According to ...
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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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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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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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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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Comparing Shine Dalgarno scores, creating a distribution

I am in the process of creating a poster for the phage that I recently annotated. The phage is an A4 and the portion of the poster I am working on is analyzing the data that we have collected. I have ...
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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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Draw simplified phylogenetic tree for kids

I need to draw simple, phylogenetic tree for kids lecture. I am looking for an online tool where I can enter organisms (e.g., human, wasp, fungus) and get figure of a phylogenetic tree. Tree should ...
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Can someone suggest me good opencourseware links for learning computational biology basics?

My internet is slow and I have only 1GB data usage allowed for this month. And I want to make maximum out of it for learning some basics of computational biology. Which are the best online course ...
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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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What is most simple eukaryotic genome?

Expressed in number of Base Pairs or Bytes, about how large is the simplest eukaryotic genome? How much of this is 'junk-DNA' (non-coding)?
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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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Does anyone know a good software for producing tanglegrams?

I'm trying to look at relationships between parasite and host phylogenetic trees. I have done a bit of searching for a software in which to do this with, and I have tried using Dendroscope and ...
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chimeric sequences [closed]

I understand that chimeric sequence identification is done in results of sequencing projects to remove them and improve the quality of the output. I am unsure as to how they show up during sequencing. ...
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Sequence alignment scoring

The following table is from Deonier's text Computational Gene Analysis at p. 152. This is an exercise in global sequence alignment and scoring of alternative sequences. The text proposed a solution ...
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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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is there a way to do batch download for all gene pathways?

I would like to download all the gene pathways and genes of each pathway. Preferably, gene length of each gene as well. It would be a lot more convenient if there is an R package.
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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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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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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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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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Book suggestion on computational molecular evolution

I'm currently reading Computational Molecular Evolution by Yang. Can you recommend alternative books? I am finding it to be lacking on conceptual discussion (it's more focussed on the mathematics and ...
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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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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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Comment on the introduction to a bioinformatics paper

I've written a paper about DNA sequence analysis. This paper attempts to use Bayesian modelling for a set of DNA sequences. It will probably end up either in a statistics journal, or, more likely, in ...
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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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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 ...