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Bioinformatics. 2002 Mar;18(3):484-5.

Assembly of fingerprint contigs: parallelized FPC.

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  • 1Genome Sequence Centre, British Columbia Cancer Agency, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6, Canada.



One of the more common uses of the program FingerPrint Contigs (FPC) is to assemble random restriction digest 'fingerprints' of overlapping genomic clones into contigs. To improve the rate of assembling contigs from large fingerprint databases we have adapted FPC so that it can be run in parallel on multiple processors and servers. The current version of 'parallelized FPC' has been used in our laboratory to assemble mammalian BAC fingerprint databases, each containing more than 300000 BAC fingerprints.


This parallelized version of FPC is available under the GNU GPL licence, and can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.bcgsc.bc.ca/pub/fpcd.

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