Background: I have a list of species that I want to put through homology inference. The goal of homology inference is to investigate the evolution of a trait on a species tree. I want to use the quantitative aspect of the data like CNV and recreate nodal CNV using cafe or count. And use gene trees of the homology to see if I can discern divergence patterns across gene families of interest.
The issue is some species only have RNA-seq generated transcriptions (peptides and cDNA) while others have genomes. The issue of missing introns aside, how can I circumvent this gap?
Just use the cDNA data with genomic data? compare nucleic acid to nucleic acid. I need to eventually make gene trees as well and as such MSA is important.The list of species is huge and I anticipate seg-faults during MSA if not during homology inference itself.
Use emboss or something else to convert the nucleic acid data to peptides.And then compare peptides to peptides? Which makes the homology inference → MSA (hopefully pal2nal and gene tree inference later) a little easier. I have never done translation before so I do not know the pitfalls per se.
My list of species is green plants.
Can anyone share their experience if you have done something like this before?