Hi guys, i'm reading a paper and i'm not understanding the following note:
Alignments were made using IGRs (intergenic regions) from S. meliloti as queries in BLAST comparisons against the aforementioned eight a-proteobacterial genomes.
It means that they used the aligned regions as blast queries against the 8 genomes? or they blasted the IGRs against the genomes and then aligned? I'm really confused...
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Alignments were made using IGRs from S. meliloti as queries in BLAST comparisons against the aforementioned eight a-proteobacterial genomes. We used WU-BLAST 2.0 (23 October 2003; http://blast.wustl.edu; López et al., 2003) with a word size of eight, and default parameters otherwise. Align- ments with an E-value < 0.00001 and a length ? 50 nt were kept and used as input data for eQRNA and RNAz. An additional set of alignments was obtained using 57 known RNAs (54 tRNAs, tmRNA and the 2 copies of RmInt1 associated to ISRm2011–2) as queries. These RNA alignments were gen- erated using similar BLAST parameters, and were used to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the computational analysis.