GenomeScope: fast reference-free genome profiling from short reads

Bioinformatics. 2017 Jul 15;33(14):2202-2204. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx153.


Summary: GenomeScope is an open-source web tool to rapidly estimate the overall characteristics of a genome, including genome size, heterozygosity rate and repeat content from unprocessed short reads. These features are essential for studying genome evolution, and help to choose parameters for downstream analysis. We demonstrate its accuracy on 324 simulated and 16 real datasets with a wide range in genome sizes, heterozygosity levels and error rates.

Availability and implementation: , .


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genome
  • Genome Size
  • Heterozygote
  • Internet
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*
  • Software*