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Table 1 Characteristics of the four whole-genome alignments, involving five strains each

From: Small variable segments constitute a major type of diversity of bacterial genomes at the species level

  E. coli E. coliB2 S. aureus S. pyogenes
Median genome size (Mb) 5.2 5.2 2.8 1.8
Maximal MUMi distance 0.3 0.156 0.197 0.175
Coveragea 72.7% 83.5% 84.5% 83.5%
Percent identity of backbone 98.05% 99.43% 98.73% 99.18%
Total number of locib 1,037 539 768 344
Number of microdiversity loci 640 370 556 250
Median size of VS (bp)c 93 68 78 61
  1. aProportion of the genome included in the backbone (average). bPositions in the alignment where the backbone is interrupted by at least one variable segment (VS).