2015-April-30: CopywriteR: DNA copy number detection from off-target sequence data

by Dr Oscar Krijgsman (Nederlands Kanker Instituut)

10:30-11:30, room CCA 1.06

Abstract
Current methods for detection of copy number variants (CNV) and aberrations (CNA) from targeted sequencing data are based on the depth of coverage of captured exons. Accurate CNA determination is complicated by uneven genomic distribution and non-uniform capture efficiency of targeted exons. Here we present CopywriteR, which eludes these problems by exploiting ‘off-target’ sequence reads. CopywriteR allows for extracting uniformly distributed copy number information, can be used without reference, and can be applied to sequencing data obtained from various techniques including chromatin immunoprecipitation and target enrichment on small gene panels. CopywriteR outperforms existing methods and constitutes a widely applicable alternative to available tools.

Dr Oscar Krijgsman did his PhD with Prof Bauke Ylstra and is now working at the NKI as Postdoc.

Publication: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25887352