vast-tools v2.0.0 released

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Published on 16 February 2018, 17:59 by Webadmin
A new version of vast-tools has been released. You can find it in our GitHub repository.

Here is a changelog for the 2.0.0 version:

New features

  • align becomes strand-aware. Before mapping, reads are automatically tested to infer whether they are strand-specific or not, and in which direction (FR or RF). Mapping is then performed according to this information. It is possible to run any fastq file in the non-strand-aware mode (--ns), which is equivalent to running align from v1.
  • combine includes a new module that generates PSIs for all annotated exons (provided they fulfill some mappability and read balance requirements; see README for more information). These means the final INCLUSION table now contains tens of thousands of new exons, often with PSI ~ 100 (i.e. constitutive exons). They can be distinguish by the first digit of the event ID (e.g. HsaEX6000001).

IMPORTANT NOTE: these changes require new VASTDB files to be installed. In particular, strand-specific mapping requires different mappability files and the annotation module uses a new template. It is recommended that the entire libraries from version v1 are deleted, and the new libraries simply re-install them from scratch. You may download the new libraries for each available species here (you will only need to untar them afterwards and make sure they are inside VASTDB/):

Updates and fixes

  • Quantification of multi-microexon events has been modified so that only reads fully covering a microexon are used to support inclusion. For Spu and Dre, exon-microexon or microexon-exon junction were removed also for simple microexon events. (This update was done to avoid false positive microexon calls that overlap with longer exons).
  • It is possible to obtain the number of counts per exon-exon junction also for the microexon and transcript-based (exskX and MULTI3X) pipelines using the option -ec, --EEJ_counts in align.
  • The non-strand-specific mappability file for the MULTI pipeline in Mmu was updated.