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CHSMiner: a GUI tool to identify chromosomal homologous segments

Author(s): Wang Zhen | Ding Guohui | Yu Zhonghao | Liu Lei | Li Yixue

Journal: Algorithms for Molecular Biology
ISSN 1748-7188

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Abstract Background The identification of chromosomal homologous segments (CHS) within and between genomes is essential for comparative genomics. Various processes including insertion/deletion and inversion could cause the degeneration of CHSs. Results Here we present a Java software CHSMiner that detects CHSs based on shared gene content alone. It implements fast greedy search algorithm and rigorous statistical validation, and its friendly graphical interface allows interactive visualization of the results. We tested the software on both simulated and biological realistic data and compared its performance with similar existing software and data source. Conclusion CHSMiner is characterized by its integrated workflow, fast speed and convenient usage. It will be useful for both experimentalists and bioinformaticians interested in the structure and evolution of genomes.
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