Which tool is best for getting genomic data analysis?
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akshaykum684 ▴ 20

Hi,

We have VCF files which need to be analyzed. So what are some of the tools that can be used?

I have heard about

a) Bioconductor b) Galaxy c) BioPython d) Hail

As I am starting with genomic data analysis, I have to pick up learning one tool. So based on your experiences, can you suggest a tool that would be good and can be used for bioinformatic data analysis?

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We have VCF files which need to be analyzed.

What kind of analysis? In general bcftools already mentioned below is a tool box for manipulation of VCF files.

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a , b and c are not 'tools'.

So based on your experiences, can you suggest a tool that would be good and can be used for bioinformatic data analysis?

bcftools.

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Hi, Thanks for the response. I see that Galaxy is a viewer. But May I know why Bioconductor and BioPython packages cannot be used for analysis? I was seeing some courses in Coursera which teach courses for genomic data analysis based on these tools.

Can I kindly request you to help me understand the difference please?

In addition, Isn't hail widely used? When do we use Hail?

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bioconductor is a set of many R packages, biopython is an API.

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Galaxy is not a "viewer". Shortly, Galaxy is both a web interface (frontend), with an graphical interface to several bioinformatics software (backend). This, Galaxy allows researchers without informatics experience to perform complex analyses. Read more at Galaxy 101 - What is Galaxy?

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Hail is primarily used by those doing GWAS, otherwise I've never seen it used.

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In my previous team, we used hail as a stand-in for plink. It gave us a way to look at IBD/IBS and relatedness among individuals in gigantic VCF files - I'm not sure if that counts as GWAS.

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