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Using GenGIS to investigate the distribution of photorhodopsin genes around the Galapagos Islands (data courtesy of Adrian Sharma, Jeremy Koenig, and Olga Zhaxybayeva).

Welcome to the Bioinformatics Software and Resources page.

Software (Currently Supported)

Key: P = phylogenetics, S = statistics, B = biogeography, V = visualization, G = genomics, M = metagenomics, L = lateral genetic transfer, A = sequence alignment

  • GenGIS: an application that allows users to combine digital map data with information about biological sequences collected from the environment. GenGIS provides a 3D graphical interface in which the user can navigate and explore the data, as well as a Python interface that allows easy scripting of statistical analyses using the Rpy libraries. (PSBVM)
  • rSPR: software to calculate rooted subtree-prune-and-regraft distances and rooted agreement forests. (PL)
  • SPANNER: Homology-based taxonomic classification of protein sequences. (GML)
  • SPRSupertrees: software to calculate rooted supertrees that minimize the SPR distance. (PL)
  • STAMP: a software package for analyzing metagenomic profiles that promotes ‘best practices’ in choosing appropriate statistical techniques and reporting results. (SMV)
  • PICA: genotype-phenotype data mining software (G). A new version of the software has been developed by the Rattei group at Universität Wien and is hosted on Github . The older version from our lab, which is no longer supported, can be found here.

Older Software

The following software packages have largely been superseded by others in the above list, or by software written by others. The software should still work, but we can no longer offer significant support for it.

  • EvolSimulator: a simulation test bed for hypotheses of genome evolution. (PL)
  • RITA: Rapid Identification of Taxonomic Assignments for metagenomic fragments (M).
  • Radié: a tool that allows characters to be visualized against the background of a phylogenetic tree. The software includes several different visual and numeric representations of the ‘convexity’ of a given character, in other words the extent to which different character traits form distinct groups within the tree. (PV)
  • GANN: a machine learning method designed with the complexities of transcriptional regulation in mind.
  • WOOF: a tool designed to rigourously apply the principle of visual alignment validation. (SA)

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