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Animals are grouped into ~35 'phyla' based upon the notion of distinct body plans. Morphological and molecular analyses have revealed that a stage in the middle of development--known as the phylotypic period--is conserved among species within some phyla. Although these analyses provide evidence for their existence, phyla have also been criticized as lacking(More)
The ability to determine gene expression profiles across distant species presents a unique opportunity to identify functional relationships between genes. In particular, transcriptome data may help to distinguish whether genes with similar expression profiles are functionally related or independent. Recent studies on the evolution of gene expression have(More)
MOTIVATION Paired-end sequencing resulting in gapped short reads is commonly used for de novo genome assembly. Assembly methods use paired-end sequences in a two-step process, first treating each read-end independently, only later invoking the pairing to join the contiguous assemblies (contigs) into gapped scaffolds. Here, we present ELOPER, a(More)
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