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Bioinformatics. 2008 Oct 15;24(20):2393-4. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn394. Epub 2008 Aug 12.

Protein function prediction and annotation in an integrated environment powered by web services (AFAWE).

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  • 1Plant Computational Biology, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.


Many sequenced genes are mainly annotated through automatic transfer of annotation from similar sequences. Manual comparison of results or intermediate results from different tools can help avoid wrong annotations and give hints to the function of a gene even if none of the automated tools could return any result. AFAWE simplifies the task of manual functional annotation by running different tools and workflows for automatic function prediction and displaying the results in a way that facilitates comparison. Because all programs are executed as web services, AFAWE is easily extensible and can directly query primary databases, thereby always using the most up-to-date data sources. Visual filters help to distinguish trustworthy results from non-significant results. Furthermore, an interface to add detailed manual annotation to each gene is provided, which can be displayed to other users.

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