A challenge, should you choose to accept it

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Edward Wallace (Drummond lab) writes:

I wonder if your readers would be interested in this (entirely frivolous) question: what is the longest word or phrase of English found in an actual protein sequence? This is probabilistically unlikely (one could estimate), but blast can give us partial matches, as long as we have a nice restricted set of letters. For example, the top score for blastp-ing against my name is

>ref|ZP_08203215.1|  NAD-dependent DNA ligase LigA [Gordonia neofelifaecis NRRL B-59395]
gb|EGD56948.1|  NAD-dependent DNA ligase LigA [Gordonia neofelifaecis
NRRL B-59395]
Length=692
Score = 35.4 bits (76),  Expect = 1.1
Identities = 9/10 (90%), Positives = 10/10 (100%), Gaps = 0/10 (0%)
Query  2   DWARDWALLA  11
DWAR+WALLA
Sbjct  10  DWAREWALLA  19

Anyone out there have anything better?  Answers in the comments, please.

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