It was assumed that true orthologs in general would be more similar to the other orthologs in the cluster, compared to the paralogs. This was assessed by comparing the ranking of gene copies in Blast output files for all non-duplicated genes in the cluster. The procedure is illustrated in [Additional file 1: Supplemental Figure S4] and described in detail in the supplementary material. The basic principle is that duplicated genes are assigned scores according to relative rank in Blast output files for non-duplicated genes from the same OrthoMCL cluster. The gene copy with lowest total rank score (i.e. largest tendency to appear first of the duplicated genes in the Blast output) is considered to be the most likely ortholog. A clear difference in total rank score between the first and the second gene copy shows that this gene copy is clearly more similar to the orthologs from other organisms in the cluster, and therefore more likely to be the true ortholog.