Publication of the month May
„DeSignate: detecting signature characters in gene sequence alignments for taxon diagnoses“
Maximilian H Ganser, Thomas Hütter, Manuel Kocher, Merima Halkic, Sabine Agatha & Nikolaus Augsten
Species of prokaryotes and eukaryotes including plants, animals, fungi, and unicellular protists are described and named by taxonomists. These descriptions include species diagnoses which state all characters distinguishing a species from its closest known relatives. Diagnostic characters mainly comprise morphological differences while molecular differences are rarely included because efficient solutions are lacking. We therefore developed the software tool DeSignate in an interdisciplinary project between the Protistology Research Group (AG Agatha, Biosciences) and the Database Research Group (AG Augsten, Computer Sciences).
DeSignate enables the detection and classification of diagnostic molecular characters in a user-friendly web interface which can subsequently be included in diagnoses. (Take a look @ https://designate.dbresearch.uni-salzburg.at/)
The open access article can be found here.
Reviewed by Jan Christian Habel