reading genomes, bit by bit

We want to be able to read a genome like a book. We are at a remarkable time in biology where at last we can see the source code for life — the complete genomic DNA sequences that specify development, regulation, and function of organisms — but, frustratingly, we are still far from adequately understanding how to read this vast trove of encoded information, and far from being able to reconstruct how it evolved. Our laboratory develops computational methods for genome sequence analysis, and in particular for identifying remote evolutionary relationships between distantly related protein and RNA sequences.

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recent publications

Computational Analysis of Conserved RNA Secondary Structure in Transcriptomes and Genomes. S. R. Eddy. Annu. Rev. Biophys., 43:433-456, 2014. [abstract] [preprint]

NSF Workshop Report: Discovering General Principles of Nervous System Organization by Comparing Brain Maps Across Species. G.F. Striedter, T. G. Belgard, C. C. Chen, F. P. Davis, B. L. Finlay, O. Gunturkun, M. E. Hale, J. A. Harris, E. E. Hecht, P. R. Hof, H. A. Hofmann, L. Z. Holland, A. N. Iwaniuk, E. D. Jarvis, H. J. Karten, P. S. Katz, W. B. Kristan, E. R. Macagno, P. P. Mitra, L. L. Moroz, T. M. Preuss, C. W. Ragsdale, C. C. Sherwood, C. F. Stevens, M. C. Stuttgen, T. Tsumoto, W. Wilczynski. Brain Behav. Evol., 83:1-8, 2014. [abstract] [reprint]

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Hidden Markov models for sequence
profile analysis.

RNA structure analysis using
covariance models.

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Database of protein family alignments
and hidden Markov models.

The Rfam database of RNA alignments,
consensus secondary structures,
and profile SCFGs.

The Dfam database of repetitive
DNA sequence elements.

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how to reach us

HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
19700 Helix Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147, USA
Phone: 571.209.4000 [this is the general Janelia operator number, not an office]

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