5.1 Glossary [edit]

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  1. Pairwise alignment (noun)

5.1.1 Pairwise alignment (noun) [edit]

A hypothesis about which bases or amino acids in two biological sequences are derived from a common ancestral base or amino acid. By definition, the aligned sequences will be of equal length with gaps (usually denoted with -, or . for terminal gaps) indicating hypothesized insertion deletion events. A pairwise alignment may be represented as follows:

ACC---GTAC
CCCATCGTAG