Journal article

A hitchhiker's guide to expressed sequence tag (EST) analysis

Shivashankar H Nagaraj, Robin B Gasser, Shoba Ranganathan

BRIEFINGS IN BIOINFORMATICS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

Expressed sequence tag (EST) sequencing projects are underway for numerous organisms, generating millions of short, single-pass nucleotide sequence reads, accumulating in EST databases. Extensive computational strategies have been developed to organize and analyse both small- and large-scale EST data for gene discovery, transcript and single nucleotide polymorphism analysis as well as functional annotation of putative gene products. We provide an overview of the significance of ESTs in the genomic era, their properties and the applications of ESTs. Methods adopted for each step of EST analysis by various research groups have been compared. Challenges that lie ahead in organizing and analysin..

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