Aequatus - a new bioinformatics tool developed at Earlham Institute (EI) - is helping to give an in-depth view of syntenic information between different species, providing a system to better identify important, positively-selected, and evolutionarily-conserved regions of DNA.

Generally, organisms that are closely related show a high degree of synteny i.e.

Thus, many human genes have high synteny with mammals, from chimpanzees to mice.

Studying the synteny between organisms can help us to identify how genetic regions change through evolution, and has far-reaching applications - including better understanding evolution and how we came to be, aiding studies into human health, as well as in breeding better crops.

Anil Thanki of the Data Infrastructure group, said: "We are very excited about Aequatus because it provides a really intuitive way to visualise homologous genes among species.

Aequatus provides a seamless user experience using the latest web technologies available to represent genomics data.

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