Identification and removal of ribosomal RNA sequences from metatranscriptomes

Robert Schmieder, Yan Wei Lim, Robert Edwards

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Here, we present riboPicker, a robust framework for the rapid, automated identification and removal of ribosomal RNA sequences from metatranscriptomic datasets. The results can be exported for subsequent analysis, and the databases used for the web-based version are updated on a regular basis. riboPicker categorizes rRNA-like sequences and provides graphical visualizations and tabular outputs of ribosomal coverage, alignment results and taxonomic classifications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbtr669
Pages (from-to)433-435
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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