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BranchClust: a phylogenetic algorithm for selecting gene families

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BranchClust: a phylogenetic algorithm for selecting gene families
Background: Automated methods for assembling families of orthologous genes include those based on sequence similarity scores and those based on phylogenetic approaches. The first are easy to automate but usually they do not distinguish between paralogs and orthologs or have restriction on the number of taxa. Phylogenetic methods often are based on reconciliation of a gene tree with a known rooted species tree; a limitation of this approach, especially in case of prokaryotes, is that the species tree is often unknown, and that from the analyses of single gene families the branching order between related organisms frequently is unresolved. Results: Here we describe an algorithm for the automated selection of orthologous genes that recognizes orthologous genes from different species in a phylogenetic tree for any number of taxa. The algorithm is capable of distinguishing complete (containing all taxa) and incomplete (not containing all taxa) families and recognizes in- and outparalogs. T...
Maria S. Poptsova, J. Peter Gogarten
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where BMCBI
Authors Maria S. Poptsova, J. Peter Gogarten
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