I’ve a silly question concerning the way of calculating the distance between genes on the same chromosome but on different strand. I’ve retrieved the genes position from Ensembl. For example I’ve would like to calculate the distance between:
- GAS6 Start-113820549 End-113864076 reverse strand - MCF2L Start-112877718 End-113103082 forward strand
I’ve read several post on Biostars about it and I’m completely lost because of the diverging opinions. One of the solution given in this post was the formula:
max(start_gene1, start_gene2) - min(end_gene1,end_gene2).
If I apply this formula (113820549-113103082) the distance between the genes
MCF2L equals to
717467nt. Is it correct to assume that?
Thanks you for your attention and responses!