jackalope: a swift, versatile phylogenomic and high-throughput sequencing simulator

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Authors Lucas A. Nell
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Paper Abstract High-throughput sequencing (HTS) is central to the study of population genomics and has an increasingly important role in constructing phylogenies. Choices in research design for sequencing projects can include a wide range of factors, such as sequencing platform, depth of coverage, and bioinformatic tools. Simulating HTS data better informs these decisions. However, current standalone HTS simulators cannot generate genomic variants under even somewhat complex evolutionary scenarios, which greatly reduces their usefulness for fields such as population genomics and phylogenomics. Here I present the R package jackalope that simply and efficiently simulates (i) variants from reference genomes and (ii) reads from both Illumina and Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) platforms. Genomic variants can be simulated using phylogenies, gene trees, coalescent-simulation output, population-genomic summary statistics, and Variant Call Format (VCF) files. jackalope can simulate single, paired-end, or mate-pair Illumina reads, as well as reads from Pacific Biosciences. These simulations include sequencing errors, mapping qualities, multiplexing, and optical/PCR duplicates. It can read reference genomes from FASTA files and can simulate new ones, and all outputs can be written to standard file formats. jackalope is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
Date of publication 2019
Code Programming Language R

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