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In a paper published in PLoS One, investigators at the University of Vienna and Medical University Vienna, along with their colleagues at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, this week present BiSS — Bisulfite Sequencing Scorer — "a new method applying Smith-Waterman alignment to map bisulfite-converted reads to a reference genome." Beyond predicting the methylation status of each cytosine, "BiSS also provides an estimate of the methylation degree at each genomic site," the Austri

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