VarSim: A high-fidelity simulation and validation framework for high-throughput genome sequencing with cancer applications

John C. Mu, Marghoob Mohiyuddin, Jian Li, Narges Bani Asadi, Mark B. Gerstein, Alexej Abyzov, Wing H. Wong, Hugo Y.K. Lam

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Abstract

VarSim is a framework for assessing alignment and variant calling accuracy in high-throughput genome sequencing through simulation or real data. In contrast to simulating a random mutation spectrum, it synthesizes diploid genomes with germline and somatic mutations based on a realistic model. This model leverages information such as previously reported mutations to make the synthetic genomes biologically relevant. VarSim simulates and validates a wide range of variants, including single nucleotide variants, small indels and large structural variants. It is an automated, comprehensive compute framework supporting parallel computation and multiple read simulators. Furthermore, we developed a novel map data structure to validate read alignments, a strategy to compare variants binned in size ranges and a lightweight, interactive, graphical report to visualize validation results with detailed statistics. Thus far, it is the most comprehensive validation tool for secondary analysis in next generation sequencing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1471
Number of pages3
JournalBioinformatics
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics

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