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Old 05-19-2016, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Removing redundancy from GenBank plasmid database using cd-hit-est

Hey all,

I have the following problem. I have a plasmid sequence database ( that is heavily redundant. I have been trying to remove redundancy and to obtain a set of representative sequences using cd-hit-est ( as follows:

cd-hit-est -i fastadb -o outfilename -c 0.95 -n 9 -g 1
The results of this are one file containing the clusters, and another containing the representative sequences.

Now to my problem: Removing the redundancy from the database does not seem to work. Two sequences that are 100% identical over 100% of the sequence length (they have the same length) end up in different clusters instead of the same one. I have checked the similarity of the sequences aligning them through BLAST, and as stated above, the sequences are identical.

The output clustering file looks like this:

>Cluster 39
0   6222nt, >gi|410475454|ref|NC... *
>Cluster 40
0   6211nt, >gi|387504713|ref|NC... at +/98.10%
1   6222nt, >gi|41056918|ref|NC_... *
2   6222nt, >gi|118480566|ref|NC... at +/98.09%
>Cluster 41
0   6222nt, >gi|844749291|ref|NZ... *
The sequences that are 6222 bp long are at least 99% identical, so they should end up in the same cluster.

Does anyone know what the problem here might be? Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance!
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