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GIST: Genomic island suite of tools for predicting genomic islands

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Author(s): Mohammad Shabbir Hasan | Qi Liu | Han Wang | John Fazekas | Bernard Chen | Dongsheng Che

Journal: Bioinformation
ISSN 0973-2063

Volume: 8;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 203;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Prokaryotic genomes | Genomic islands | Sequence analysis

ABSTRACT
Genomic Islands (GIs) are genomic regions that are originally from other organisms, through a process known as Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT). Detection of GIs plays a significant role in biomedical research since such align genomic regions usually contain important features, such as pathogenic genes. We have developed a use friendly graphic user interface, Genomic Island Suite of Tools (GIST), which is a platform for scientific users to predict GIs. This software package includes five commonly used tools, AlienHunter, IslandPath, Colombo SIGI-HMM, INDeGenIUS and Pai-Ida. It also includes an optimization program EGID that ensembles the result of existing tools for more accurate prediction. The tools in GIST can be used either separately or sequentially. GIST also includes a downloadable feature that facilitates collecting the input genomes automatically from the FTP server of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). GIST was implemented in Java, and was compiled and executed on Linux/Unix operating systems
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