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An algorithm and program for finding sequence specific oligo-nucleotide probes for species identification

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An algorithm and program for finding sequence specific oligo-nucleotide probes for species identification
Background: The identification of species or species groups with specific oligo-nucleotides as molecular signatures is becoming increasingly popular for bacterial samples. However, it shows also great promise for other small organisms that are taxonomically difficult to tract. Results: We have devised here an algorithm that aims to find the optimal probes for any given set of sequences. The program requires only a crude alignment of these sequences as input and is optimized for performance to deal also with very large datasets. The algorithm is designed such that the position of mismatches in the probes influences the selection and makes provision of single nucleotide outloops. Program implementations are available for Linux and Windows. Background Identification of species with molecular probes is likely to revolutionize taxonomy, at least for taxa with morphological characters that are difficult to determine otherwise. Among these are the single cell eucaryotes, such as Ciliates and...
Alexander E. Pozhitkov, Diethard Tautz
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Type Journal
Year 2002
Where BMCBI
Authors Alexander E. Pozhitkov, Diethard Tautz
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