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MOTIVATION Most sequence comparison methods assume that the data being compared are trustworthy, but this is not the case with raw DNA sequences obtained from automatic sequencing machines. Nevertheless, sequence comparisons need to be done on them in order to remove vector splice sites and contaminants. This step is necessary before other genomic data(More)
We present a draft sequence of the genome of Aedes aegypti, the primary vector for yellow fever and dengue fever, which at approximately 1376 million base pairs is about 5 times the size of the genome of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Nearly 50% of the Ae. aegypti genome consists of transposable elements. These contribute to a factor of approximately(More)
The geometry and anisotropic ultrastructure of the tympanic membrane are used in combination with curvilinear shell equations to formulate a general continuum model describing its dynamic behavior. Primary terms appearing in the model are associated with shell membrane restoring forces, bending-type structural damping, and transverse inertia. Since the(More)
BACKGROUND A low genetic diversity in Francisella tularensis has been documented. Current DNA based genotyping methods for typing F. tularensis offer a limited and varying degree of subspecies, clade and strain level discrimination power. Whole genome sequencing is the most accurate and reliable method to identify, type and determine phylogenetic(More)
DNA resequencing arrays enable rapid acquisition of high-quality sequence data. This technology represents a promising platform for rapid high-resolution genotyping of microorganisms. Traditional array-based resequencing methods have relied on the use of specific PCR-amplified fragments from the query samples as hybridization targets. While this specificity(More)
Based on the experimental observations of the mechano-electrical transduction in hair cells, we formulate a model of the receptor potential utilizing a simple model circuit and ideas of stretch activation that have been developed for other mechanoreceptors. The stereociliary displacement-response relation is developed based on the cilia crosslinking, thus(More)
Mechanoreceptors are physiological units that convert mechanical stimuli to neural responses. An important one in the skin is the Pacinian corpuscle, which consists of a nerve ending surrounded by a capsule that is made up of alternating layers of fluid and elastic shells. In this paper a capsule model is coupled to a model for the dendrite via a variable(More)
BACKGROUND While the pneumococcal protein conjugate vaccines reduce the incidence in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), serotype replacement remains a major concern. Thus, serotype-independent protection with vaccines targeting virulence genes, such as PspA, have been pursued. PspA is comprised of diverse clades that arose through recombination.(More)