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Versatile and open software for comparing large genomes

Stefan Kurtz1, Adam Phillippy2, Arthur L Delcher2, Michael Smoot23, Martin Shumway2, Corina Antonescu2 and Steven L Salzberg2*

Author Affiliations

1 Center for Bioinformatics, University of Hamburg, Bundesstrasse 43, 20146 Hamburg, Germany

2 The Institute for Genomic Research, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA

3 Current address: Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:R12  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-2-r12

Published: 30 January 2004

Abstract

The newest version of MUMmer easily handles comparisons of large eukaryotic genomes at varying evolutionary distances, as demonstrated by applications to multiple genomes. Two new graphical viewing tools provide alternative ways to analyze genome alignments. The new system is the first version of MUMmer to be released as open-source software. This allows other developers to contribute to the code base and freely redistribute the code. The MUMmer sources are available at http://www.tigr.org/software/mummer webcite.