Herald:The Biostar Herald for Monday, April 18, 2022
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Here we present plotsr, an efficient tool to visualize structural similarities and rearrangements between genomes. It can be used to compare genomes on chromosome level or to zoom in on any selected region.

submitted by: Istvan Albert

GitHub - davetang/learning_vcf_file: Learning the Variant Call Format (github.com)

An exhaustive reference to all things VCF

submitted by: Istvan Albert

Somatic mutation rates scale with lifespan across mammals | Nature (www.nature.com)

Notably, the somatic mutation rate per year varied greatly across species and exhibited a strong inverse relationship with species lifespan, with no other life-history trait studied showing a comparable association.

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Cancers | Free Full-Text | A Comparison of Tools for Copy-Number Variation Detection in Germline Whole Exome and Whole Genome Sequencing Data (www.mdpi.com)

Copy-number variations (CNVs) have important clinical implications for several diseases and cancers. We reviewed 50 popular CNV calling tools and included 11 tools for benchmarking in a reference cohort encompassing 39 whole genome sequencing (WGS) samples paired current clinical standard—SNP-array based CNV calling.

We suggest combining the best tools also based on different methodologies: GATK gCNV, Lumpy, DELLY, and cn.MOPS.

submitted by: Istvan Albert

submitted by: Istvan Albert

GitHub - refresh-bio/agc: Assembled Genomes Compressor (github.com)

Assembled Genomes Compressor (AGC) is a tool designed to compress collections of de-novo assembled genomes. It can be used for various types of datasets: short genomes (viruses) as well as long (humans).

The paper can be found at:


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