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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How can I text-mine full-text articles from PubMed?

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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Do variant callers miss rare variants in reference?

Generally variant calling programs (such as GATK-UnifiedGenotyper) look for differences between reference genome and submitted sequence. However, we all know that reference genome consist rare ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is using Hidden Markov Models to find homologues sensible in abstract, short sequences?

HMM alignment tools like hhpred excel at finding subtle homologues of folded proteins that simpler scoring techniques (such those used in BLAST algorithms) would miss. I am only looking at a small ...
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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 ...
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Nomenclature of genes and proteins

With respect to this paper: Identification of Host Proteins Required for HIV Infection Through a Functional Genomic Screen In the abstract, I found names such as Rab6 and Vps35 and TNPO3. So Rab6 ...
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Blast output - program to count the number of hits [duplicate]

I have to use the old version of Blast (not Blast+) to compare DNA sequences and I have to know the number of all hits. They are not given in the header and I have to know them for many many of blast ...
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Are there any de-novo genome assembly programs for HADOOP?

I have access to a small (approx 20 nodes) cluster that has HADOOP running on it, and I need to do some de-novo genome assembly. I'd like to ask is anyone knows of any program that can do this on a ...
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Local BLAST Copy Number per Hit

I generated a series of local BLAST databases using makeblastdb of metagenomic data and am searching for the presence of a particular gene. While I can do the normal BLAST analysis looking at ...
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How can I align more than 2 sequences locally?

ClustalW and Omega of EBI and Blast of NCBI, both globally align sequences. Smith waterman of EBI aligns sequences locally, but works with just two sequences. How can I align more than 2 sequences ...
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What are genome wide functional linkages?

There are two types of interaction classifications used to describe Protein-protein interactions, namely physical and functional. Whilst physical interactions are obvious in nature and methodological ...
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What sample sizes are ideal for carrying out Bayesian Skyline Plots?

I am interested in creating Bayesian Skyline Plots to look at demographic changes in certain population groups. However, these populations have very little within population variation. Around 5 ...
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RNA-Polymerase III transcribed genes

I have a list of differentially regulated genes from a high-throughput experiment of the human genome. I would like to find out which of these genes are transcribed by a RNA polymerase III and which ...
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The meaning of RNA-seq data

many papers I read mentioned "RNA-seq data". While searching for the meaning of this word, I could not find any layman's definition. As far as I understand, RNA-seq data is the complete RNA ...
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Protein PTM site prediction

Is there any in silico analysis method to predict post-translational modification sites on a given protein?
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Can all biological processes be understood as computations and studied as such? [closed]

Can we understand a cell as an organic computational device? In that case the whole organism can be considered an ensemble of a large number of interacting computational devices? If this is the ...
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What are host cellular factors?

With respect to this paper: Global Analysis of Host-Pathogen Interactions that Regulate Early-Stage HIV-1 Replication What does the term "host cellular factors" mean??
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How to predict the top microRNAs that bind to 3`UTR of a specific gene [duplicate]

I would like to know whether someone could tell me 1) some of the online programs that will predict the top microRNAs that bind to 3`UTR of a specific gene (for eg-GAPDH). I am relatively new to ...
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How to find miRNA binding sites on a specific gene?

I am trying to find miRNAs that bind to the 3'UTR of a specific gene. What is the best way of doing that (that is, with a good scoring analysis that is most commonly used by researchers in this area)? ...
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explanation of meaning of high-throughput

Almost all of the papers about bioinformatics, I faced with the high-throughput word, but I could not find any explanation about it (I think it is so easy to understand and thats why anyone explains ...
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Does DNA have the equivalent of IF-statements, WHILE loops, or function calls? How about GOTO?

Does DNA have anything like IF-statements, GOTO-jumps, or WHILE loops? In software development, these constructs have the following functions: IF-statements: An IF statement executes the code in a ...
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meaning of the “reads” keyword in terms of RNA-seq or next generation sequencing

I'm an undergraduate student at computer science and currently, I'm interested in bioinformatics. Today, I've started to read a paper about clustering and classification of non-coding RNAs can be ...
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How do I identify the protein with the highest Disulfide bond density? i.e protein with highest ratio of Disulphide bonds per Peptide bond? [closed]

I want to list all proteins in the protein database and list them by the ratio of number of disulphide bonds per peptide bond. I am not particular about the reliability of identification of ...
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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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interpreting enhancer and promoter regions of a target gene

I am reading a paper which talks about promoter/enhancer regions of certain protein coding genes. These genes are for which evidence points to having strong MEF2 transcription factor binding sites. ...
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How do I use BEAST for divergence time estimation in this case?

I am interested in using BEAST to find the divergence time estimates of species separations within a genus of frogs. The genus separated from a outgroup taxon I have chosen around 80 million years ...
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What are pseudoknots?

I'm trying to get my head around what a pseudoknot is and how I can identify them given some RNA string. For example, suppose I have a string s = CGUUGUGUACACGAUAGUACAU. Suppose the two longest ...
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What is the difference between gene and CDS annotations?

I have a bunch of sequence files fetched from the EBI ENA and I'm trying to find the end of the 5' UTR for specific genes. The UTR itself doesn't seem to be annotated in most sequence files I have. ...
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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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Protein Structure Parameters

I'm wondering about the minimal set of parameters necessary to define a protein's structure. My understanding is that the backbone geometry is defined by the phi and psi angles (torsion angles), and ...
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EMBOSS matcher and supermatcher - incongruent results?

I am trying to align a sequence to the mouse genome. I know a priori that part of my sequence should align to chromosome 9, but not all of it. I gathered that EMBOSS' ...
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how to extract promoter regions given a TF binding site

I have constructed a PWM and want to test its accuracy. Scanning an entire chromosome (chr3, hg18) yields very high false positives (magnitudes higher than the true positives). Scanning the entire ...