Alignment of whole genomes

Nucleic Acids Res. 1999 Jun 1;27(11):2369-76. doi: 10.1093/nar/27.11.2369.


A new system for aligning whole genome sequences is described. Using an efficient data structure called a suffix tree, the system is able to rapidly align sequences containing millions of nucleotides. Its use is demonstrated on two strains of Mycoplasma tuberculosis, on two less similar species of Mycoplasma bacteria and on two syntenic sequences from human chromosome 12 and mouse chromosome 6. In each case it found an alignment of the input sequences, using between 30 s and 2 min of computation time. From the system output, information on single nucleotide changes, translocations and homologous genes can easily be extracted. Use of the algorithm should facilitate analysis of syntenic chromosomal regions, strain-to-strain comparisons, evolutionary comparisons and genomic duplications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA
  • Genome, Bacterial*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mycoplasma / genetics*
  • Sequence Alignment / methods*


  • DNA