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Vcfanno: fast, flexible annotation of genetic variants

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology (Online Edition), June 2016
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Vcfanno: fast, flexible annotation of genetic variants
Published in
Genome Biology (Online Edition), June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13059-016-0973-5
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Brent S. Pedersen, Ryan M. Layer, Aaron R. Quinlan


The integration of genome annotations is critical to the identification of genetic variants that are relevant to studies of disease or other traits. However, comprehensive variant annotation with diverse file formats is difficult with existing methods. Here we describe vcfanno, which flexibly extracts and summarizes attributes from multiple annotation files and integrates the annotations within the INFO column of the original VCF file. By leveraging a parallel "chromosome sweeping" algorithm, we demonstrate substantial performance gains by annotating ~85,000 variants per second with 50 attributes from 17 commonly used genome annotation resources. Vcfanno is available at https://github.com/brentp/vcfanno under the MIT license.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Netherlands 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Egypt 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 151 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 58 36%
Student > Ph. D. Student 30 19%
Student > Master 18 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 4%
Other 19 12%
Unknown 20 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 60 38%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 49 31%
Computer Science 10 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 5%
Neuroscience 3 2%
Other 7 4%
Unknown 22 14%

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