EGenBio: A data management system for evolutionary genomics and biodiversity

Laila A. Nahum, Matthew T. Reynolds, Zhengyuan O. Wang, Jeremiah J. Faith, Rahul Jonna, Zhi J. Jiang, Thomas J. Meyer, David D. Pollock

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Background: Evolutionary genomics requires management and filtering of large numbers of diverse genomic sequences for accurate analysis and inference on evolutionary processes of genomic and functional change. We developed Evolutionary Genomics and Biodiversity (EGenBio; http:// to begin to address this. Description: EGenBio is a system for manipulation and filtering of large numbers of sequences, integrating curated sequence alignments and phylogenetic trees, managing evolutionary analyses, and visualizing their output. EGenBio is organized into three conceptual divisions, Evolution, Genomics, and Biodiversity. The Genomics division includes tools for selecting pre-aligned sequences from different genes and species, and for modifying and filtering these alignments for further analysis. Species searches are handled through queries that can be modified based on a tree-based navigation system and saved. The Biodiversity division contains tools for analyzing individual sequences or sequence alignments, whereas the Evolution division contains tools involving phylogenetic trees. Alignments are annotated with analytical results and modification history using our PRAED format. A miscellaneous Tools section and Help framework are also available. EGenBio was developed around our comparative genomic research and a prototype database of mtDNA genomes. It utilizes MySQL-relational databases and dynamic page generation, and calls numerous custom programs. Conclusion: EGenBio was designed to serve as a platform for tools and resources to ease combined analysis in evolution, genomics, and biodiversity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS7
JournalBMC Bioinformatics
Issue numberSUPPL.2
StatePublished - 26 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


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