FDSTools: Forensic DNA Sequencing Tools
FDSTools is a package of data analysis tools for Next Generation Sequencing of forensic DNA markers, including tools for characterisation and filtering of PCR stutter artefacts and other systemic noise, and for automatic detection of the alleles in a sample. The software package is written in Python 2.7 and runs on Windows, Linux or MacOS. Please refer to the User Guide for installation instructions.
Below are some links to resources available elsewhere.
- FDSTools is thoroughly introduced in our article:
Hoogenboom, J., van der Gaag, K. J., de Leeuw, R. H., Sijen, T., de Knijff, P., and Laros, J. F. FDSTools: A software package for analysis of massively parallel sequencing data with the ability to recognise and correct STR stutter and other PCR or sequencing noise. Forensic Sci Int Genet, 27, 27–40. doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2016.11.007
- The software is available from the Python Package Index (PyPI) at pypi.org/project/fdstools
- Installation instructions can be found in the README file