SOFTWARE: Genome Speed-Reading

Science  24 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5705, pp. 2167e
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5705.2167e

A free program from the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can help researchers locate genes and determine their functions in freshly sequenced genomes. Known as Argo, the new software makes it easy to compare notations about DNA landmarks, such as segments that might code for a piece of a protein, identified by automated genome-parsing programs. Argo-nauts can zoom in on these features and craft hypotheses about how they mesh to form a working gene. Another feature lets visitors analyze sequences from different species side by side.

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