I am trying to find homologs for some proteins and I am wondering if it is better to find it by comparing the proteins or the coding genes or either is fine.

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    $\begingroup$ Think. What is likely to be more conserved — protein sequence or nucleotide sequence? $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 11:17

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In most* scenarios you will probably want to look at a comparison of proteins following some additional matching that considers more than a single gene/protein. Luckily, this is a very common problem and one can often look up homologs through existing reference databases such as https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/homologene

Further, if genes are not present, their documentation will provide a good overview on ways to find homologs in other organisms.

*in some very special scenarios, gene sequences might be more suitable. For instance if one wanted to study similarity of non-coding regions of a gene. However these exceptions would seem beyond the general character of the question.


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