A pseudogenome is a virtual, artificial concatemer of all assembled contigs from sequencing a particular genome. It is computationally generated after sequencing a genome, and is therefore not a real molecule that exists naturally. However, the pseudogenome is useful for visualizing or browsing genomes when incomplete genome sequencing results in multiple assemblies.
By representing all assembled contigs as a single construct, the pseudogenome can provide a singular point of reference for studying features of a particular genome. Adding genomic annotation to a pseudogenome yields a single genome map.
Last Updated 09/06 (SJK)