Work out of Jonathan Eisen's lab describes a tool they created to automatically compare gene sequences of small-subunit ribosomal RNA (ss-rRNA). Called ss-rRNA taxonomy and alignment pipeline (STAP), it can generate both high-quality multiple sequence alignments and phylogenetic trees, and can be used to study microbial species diversity in environmental samples. The paper was published in PLoS ONE.

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