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Consensus sequence

Dan Davison davison at UHNIX2.UH.EDU
Mon Jan 22 18:17:01 EST 1990

> Does anyone know of a program that will align many DNA sequences, and
> determine a consensus sequence? Or maybe a program that will take an
> alignment of sequences and than determine a consensus?
> Preferably a public domain program.

Mike Waterman has a program, RALIGN, which does consensus multiple
sequence alignment.  A reference is Mathematical Methods for DNA
Sequences, Ed. M. Waterman, CRC Press, 1989, Chapter 3, "Sequence
Alignments", by M.Waterman, pp53-92; 81-92 is some C code for the
basic algorithm, without drivers.

Dave Lipman's group has recently published a paper in PNAS USA, 1989,
on their program MSA, Multiple Sequence Alignment.

Both programs have been available in the past from the authors.


dr. dan davison/dept. of biochemical and biophysical sciences/univ. of
Houston/4800 Calhoun/Houston,TX 77054-5500/davison at uh.edu/DAVISON at UHOU

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