Crop Biotech Update

CSIRO Student Develops "Spell Checker" for Gene Sequences

May 11, 2012

A new software that "spellchecks" gene sequences was developed by Lauren Bragg, a PhD student from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the University of Queensland.

The new software Acacia analyzes the output of next-generation gene sequencing instruments which read the bases that code for DNA and spell out the genes of various living organisms. Acacia works just like a computer spell checker, finding errors in the DNA code of amplicon sequences produced during gene sequencing. This new software shows improvements over the two error-correction tool used by biologists, plus it is easier to use.

The development of Acacia is another breakthrough in the field of bioinformatics.

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