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poreTally: run and publish de novo Nanopore assembler benchmarks

By Carlos Victor de Lannoy, Judith Risse, Dick de Ridder

Posted 23 Sep 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/424184 (published DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty1045)

Nanopore sequencing is a novel approach to nucleic acid analysis that generates long, error-prone reads. Since device components, base calling software and best practices for sample preparation are updated frequently and extensively, the nature of the produced data also changes frequently. As a result, peer-reviewed publications on de novo assembly pipeline benchmarking efforts are quickly rendered outdated by the next major improvement to the sequencing platforms. To provide the user community with a faster, more flexible alternative to peer-reviewed benchmark papers for de novo assembly tool performance we constructed poreTally, a comprehensive benchmarking tool. poreTally automatically assembles a given read set using several often-used assembly pipelines, analyzes the resulting assemblies for correctness and continuity, and finally generates a quality report. Results can immediately be shared with peers in a Github/Gitlab repository. Furthermore, we aim to give a more inclusive overview of assembly pipeline performance than any individual research group can, by offering users the possibility to submit their results to a collective benchmarking effort. poreTally is available Github: https://github.com/cvdelannoy/poreTally .

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