The International Tomato Genome Sequencing Project is ongoing and it is paralleled by the intensive production of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from different Solanaceae species in order to support the study of Solanaceae biology and to provide a consistent resource for expression studies, for gene discovery, for genome annotation and for comparative genomics.
This database has been designed to manage and to explore the huge amount of EST reads from 14 Solanaceae and 2 Rubiaceae species. The SOLEST database is constructed by first clustering (EST reads are searched pairwise against each other and grouped into clusters based on shared sequence similarity), then assembling EST reads to produce tentative consensus sequences (TCs) and singletons (sESTs). The total number of unique transcripts found are annotated and classified according to their biological functions.
Current status of the database:
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