Shining a light on more bogus bioinformatics acronyms

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Courtesy of an anonymous tip off…

There is a new bioinformatics tool that was described in a recently published BMC Genomics article. Here is the full name of the tool with any capitalization removed:

  • automated tool for bacterial genome annotation comparison

So can you guess what acronym/name was extracted from this description?

  • AutoBGA
  • BGAC?

No. The JABBA-award-winning name of this tool is as follows:

This name really isn't helped by the fact that it is shown as follows in the journal article title (with the G of 'Genome' also capitalized):

  • BEACON: automated tool for Bacterial GEnome Annotation ComparisON