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Mulan: MUltiple sequence Local AligNment and conservation visualization tool


Mulan performs multiple (2 or more) sequence alignments with an efficient and rapid "full local" alignment strategy that ensures a recapitulation of evolutionary sequence rearrangements (such as inversions and reshuffling) in any of the species. It combines refine and tba tools to align either "draft" or "finished" quality sequences. Mulan provides a dynamic graphical interface to align and visualize conservation profiles for evolutionarily distant and closely related species.

Input formats, automated data upload from the UCSC Genome Browser, gene annotation, annotation of repetitive elements, and progress report were previously described in the zPicture instructions and we refer the users to these materials for more details. This introduction is mainly focused on some novel features unique to the Mulan.