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MFCompress | A compression tool for FASTA and multi-FASTA data

A package for FASTA and multi-FASTA files compression. MFCompress provides additional average compression gains of almost 50%, i.e. it potentially doubles the available storage, although at the cost of some more computation time. On highly redundant datasets, and in comparisons with gzip, 8-fold size reductions have been obtained.

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MFCompress classification

MFCompress specifications

Unique identifier:
Command line interface
Input data:
Genomic data sets
Output format:
Compressed FASTA.
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Academic or non-commercial use
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Unix/Linux, Mac OS, Windows
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EETA, Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Funding source(s)

This project was funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER) through the Operational Program Competitiveness Factors (COMPETE) and by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), in the context of projects FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-022682 (FCT reference PEst-C/EEI/UI0127/2011) and Incentivo/EEI/UI0127/2013.

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