The goal of the viral genomics and bioinformatics team is to lead the development of novel sequencing and analytical approaches focused on studying viruses and virus-host interactions. Below you will find summaries and links to a number of bioinformatic tools that have been developed within the CVR.

The database-integrated genome-screening (DIGS) tool provides a framework for implementing automated in silico screening of sequence databases using BLAST in combination with a relational database (MySQL).

DisCVR is a Diagnostic tool for detecting known human viruses in clinical samples from Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. The tool uses a simple and straightforward Graphical User Interface and is optimized on Windows OS without compromising speed and accuracy.

DiversiTools is a computational tool that is specifically tailored towards viral HTS data sets and the analysis of the underlying viral populations that they represent. It was initially developed in collaboration with a number of virologists interested in characterising the intra-host diversity of viral populations and studying their evolution across transmission chains at the micro-evolutionary scale.

GLUE is a flexible data-centric bioinformatics environment for virus sequence data, with a focus on virus evolution and genomic variation. GLUE has been applied to a range of viruses. A GLUE-based resource focused on Hepatitis C virus is HCV-GLUE.

Tanoti is a BLAST guided reference based short read aligner. It is developed for maximising alignment in highly variable next generation sequence data sets (Illumina).

ViCTree is a bioinformatic framework that automatically selects new candidate virus sequences from GenBank, generates multiple sequence alignments, calculates a maximum likelihood phylogeny and integrates the sequences into the existing phylogenetic trees. For more information click here.

Viral Host Predictor provides a fast and simple way to predict the hosts and vectors of RNA viruses from viral sequences.

GRACy is a bioinformatic tool designed for the analysis of Illumina data originated from Human cytomegalovirus samples. GRACy can be used to perform read quality filtering, genotyping, de novo assembly, variant detection, annotation and data submission to public database.

LoReTTA (Long Read Template Targeted Assembler) is a reference assisted de novo assembler specifically designed to deal with PacBio reads generated from viral genomes.