zCall: a rare variant caller for array-based genotyping: genetics and population analysis

Bioinformatics. 2012 Oct 1;28(19):2543-5. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts479. Epub 2012 Jul 27.


Summary: zCall is a variant caller specifically designed for calling rare single-nucleotide polymorphisms from array-based technology. This caller is implemented as a post-processing step after a default calling algorithm has been applied. The algorithm uses the intensity profile of the common allele homozygote cluster to define the location of the other two genotype clusters. We demonstrate improved detection of rare alleles when applying zCall to samples that have both Illumina Infinium HumanExome BeadChip and exome sequencing data available.

Availability: http://atguweb.mgh.harvard.edu/apps/zcall.

Contact: bneale@broadinstitute.org

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*
  • Alleles
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Exome
  • Genotyping Techniques*
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Software*