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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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'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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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 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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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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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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how to reconcile PDB structures' sequences via Uniprot references?

I’m trying to reconcile structures in PDB entries with their sequences as reported in their chemList.polymer.dbref entries. E.g.: considering structures for HIV ...
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How can I fetch nucleotide sequences based on ENA accession numbers and positions?

I have a list of ENA accession numbers and a start and end position in each sequence. In the end I want to align all those sequences, but first I have to fetch them and the list is too long to do that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MOL2 to PDBQT conversion via OpenBabel and MGLTools removes hydrogen atoms

I am trying to convert a MOL2 file (includes partial charges and hydrogen atoms) into a PDBQT file for re-scoring in AutoDock Vina. However, both approaches that I tried don't keep the hydrogen atoms ...
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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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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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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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Looking for a cancer drug target database to guide sequencing of patient tumor DNA

I have a question I would like to pose to the community. I have recently received access to a bench-top ion torrent DNA sequencer. Our idea is to use this machine to sequence the DNA from patient’s ...
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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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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 can we predict 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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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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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 ...
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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 ...