In every living cell, millions of different types of molecules constantly interact and react chemically in a complex system that can adapt to fluctuating environments and extreme conditions, living to survive and reproduce itself. The information required to produce these components is stored in the genome, which is copied in each cell division and transferred and mixed with another genome from parent to child.
Comparative reports of bacterial genomics, now counting in the 100s, produce enormous amounts of information. To be able to support an organized and successful strategy to genomic analyses, a database powered program with graphic visualization of genomic qualities was created – GenComp. The application was employed on studies of obligate intracellular bacteria.