Similar Genome Finder Service


The Similar Genome Finder Service will find similar public genomes in PATRIC or compute genome distance estimation using Mash/MinHash. It returns a set of genomes matching the specified similarity criteria.

Using the Similar Genome Finder Service

The Similar Genome Finder submenu option under the Services main menu (Genomics category) opens the Similar Genome Finder input form (shown below).

../../_images/services_menu.pngSimilar Genome Finder Menu

../../_images/similar_genome_finder_input_form.pngSimilar Genome Finder Input Form

Select a Genome

Specifies the genome to use as the basis for finding other similar genomes

Search by Genome Name or Genome ID

Selection box for specifying genome in PATRIC to use as the basis of comparison

Or Upload FASTA

Alternate option for uploading a FASTA file to use as the basis of comparison. Note: You must be logged into PATRIC to use this option.

Advanced Options


Max Hits: The maximum number of matching genomes to return.

P-Value Threshold: Sets the maximum allowable p-value associated with the Mash Jaccard estimate used in calculating the distance.

Distance: Mash distance, which estimates the rate of sequence mutation under as simple evolutionary model using k-mers. The Distance parameter sets the maximum Mash distance to include in the Similar Genome Finder Service results. Mash distances are probabilistic estimates associated with p-values.

Scope: Option for limiting the search to only Reference and Representative genomes, or all genomes in PATRIC.


Search: Launches the similar genome finder job.