Bioinformatics interfaces computer science and molecular biology with the goal of storing, organizing and analyzing biological information. The Bioinformatics Unit at the W. M. Keck Center provides centralized databases for data management and various application tools for retrieving and analyzing the data. The Bioinformatics unit is actively involved in multiple applications of bioinformatics to genomic research. This begins with managing the sequencing pipelines from our multiple Sanger and next-generation sequencing platforms. Downstream analysis support includes de novo genomic assembly, transcriptomic assembly and/or alignment to the reference genome, molecular marker discovery and characterization, and annotation. Additionally, project specific consultation to formulate custom analysis is available.