Using ESTs to improve the accuracy of de novo gene prediction

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Using ESTs to improve the accuracy of de novo gene prediction
Background: ESTs are a tremendous resource for determining the exon-intron structures of genes, but even extensive EST sequencing tends to leave many exons and genes untouched. Gene prediction systems based exclusively on EST alignments miss these exons and genes, leading to poor sensitivity. De novo gene prediction systems, which ignore ESTs in favor of genomic sequence, can predict such "untouched" exons, but they are less accurate when predicting exons to which ESTs align. TWINSCAN is the most accurate de novo gene finder available for nematodes and NSCAN is the most accurate for mammals, as measured by exact CDS gene prediction and exact exon prediction. Results: TWINSCAN_EST is a new system that successfully combines EST alignments with TWINSCAN. On the whole C. elegans genome TWINSCAN_EST shows 14% improvement in sensitivity and 13% in specificity in predicting exact gene structures compared to TWINSCAN without EST alignments. Not only are the structures revealed by ES...
Chaochun Wei, Michael R. Brent
Added 10 Dec 2010
Updated 10 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Authors Chaochun Wei, Michael R. Brent
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