SmashCell: a software framework for the analysis of single-cell amplified genome sequences

Bioinformatics. 2010 Dec 1;26(23):2979-80. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btq564. Epub 2010 Oct 21.


Summary: Recent advances in single-cell manipulation technology, whole genome amplification and high-throughput sequencing have now made it possible to sequence the genome of an individual cell. The bioinformatic analysis of these genomes, however, is far more complicated than the analysis of those generated using traditional, culture-based methods. In order to simplify this analysis, we have developed SmashCell (Simple Metagenomics Analysis SHell-for sequences from single Cells). It is designed to automate the main steps in microbial genome analysis-assembly, gene prediction, functional annotation-in a way that allows parameter and algorithm exploration at each step in the process. It also manages the data created by these analyses and provides visualization methods for rapid analysis of the results.

Availability: The SmashCell source code and a comprehensive manual are available at


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods
  • Genome
  • Genomics / methods*
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods
  • Single-Cell Analysis
  • Software*