Scientists in the Broad community have developed many critical software tools for the analysis of increasingly large genome-related datasets, and they make these tools openly available to the scientific community. For the conditions governing the use of Broad Institute software, please see the software use agreement associated with the tools you choose to download.

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    HLA typing from exome capture sequencing.

  • AV454

    AssembleViral454 is a new assembler, based on the ARACHNE package, designed for small and non-repetitive genomes sequenced at high depth. It was specifically designed to assemble read data generated from a mixed population of viral genomes. Reads need not be paired, and it is assumed that no sequence repeat in the genome would be large enough to fully contain an average read. The assembly process consists of two steps: First, a pre-processing stage is run, the output of which is an initial read layout. This is identical to the process employed in the published ARACHNE algorithm. This stage generally results in a fragmented assembly. Second, we employ an iterative procedure that incrementally merges contigs and improves read placement.

  • FRESCo

    FRESCo is a method for finding regions of overlapping function in viral genomes.
  • PriSM

    PriSM is a set of algorithms designed specifically to create degenerate primers for the amplification and sequencing of short viral genomes while maintaining sample population diversity.

  • RC454

    RC454 is a program that takes a set of 454 read and quality files as well as a consensus assembly for those reads and corrects for known 454 error modes such as homopolymer indels and carry forward/incomplete extension (CAFIE). It will also correct for any indel that breaks the reading frame, unless it occurs in more than 25% of the reads. Since the algorithm is aggressive in correcting for errors, it is important to align the reads to their own assembly rather than to an external reference to prevent misalignments as much as possible. RC454 uses Mosaik to align the corrected reads between each step, and as such it is required to run the script.

  • V-FAT

    V-FAT is a tool to perform automated computational finishing and annotation of de novo viral assemblies. V-FAT uses reference and read data to order and merge contigs, correct frameshifts, and produce NCBI-ready annotation files. It also performs a set of quality assurance measurements including coverage computation by gene or amplicon and identification of potential consensus errors.

  • V-Phaser

    V-Phaser is a tool to call variants in mixed populations from ultra-deep sequence data. V-Phaser combines information regarding the covariation (i.e. phasing) between observed variants to increase sensitivity and an expectation maximization algorithm that iteratively recalibrates base quality scores to increase specificity. V-Phaser can reliably detect rare variants in mixed populations that occur at frequencies of <1%. The V-Phaser package also includes V-Profiler a tool to analyze and visualize variants.


    VICUNA is a de novo assembly program targeting populations with high mutation rates. It creates a single linear representation of the mixed population on which intra-host variants can be mapped. For clinical samples rich in contamination (e.g., >95%), VICUNA can leverage existing genomes, if available, to assemble only target-alike reads. After initial assembly, it can also use existing genomes to perform guided merging of contigs. For each data set (e.g., Illumina paired read, 454), VICUNA outputs consensus sequence(s) and the corresponding multiple sequence alignment of constituent reads. VICUNA efficiently handles ultra-deep sequence data with tens of thousands fold coverage.