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Methods Mol Biol. 2008;452:207-29. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60327-159-2_11.

Sequence segmentation.

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School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Whole-genome comparisons among mammalian and other eukaryotic organisms have revealed that they contain large quantities of conserved non-protein-coding sequence. Although some of the functions of this non-coding DNA have been identified, there remains a large quantity of conserved genomic sequence that is of no known function. Moreover, the task of delineating the conserved sequences is non-trivial, particularly when some sequences are conserved in only a small number of lineages. Sequence segmentation is a statistical technique for identifying putative functional elements in genomes based on atypical sequence characteristics, such as conservation levels relative to other genomes, GC content, SNP frequency, and potentially many others. The publicly available program changept and associated programs use Bayesian multiple change-point analysis to delineate classes of genomic segments with similar characteristics, potentially representing new classes of non-coding RNAs (contact web site: .

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