GenomeQuest said this week that users of its sequence data management platform now have access to a new genome read mapping tool as a result of a licensing agreement it has signed with the French National Center for Scientific Research, or INRIA.
The company said that it has worked with INRIA to integrate the Global Alignment Short Sequence Search Tool, or GASSST, into the GenomeQuest Engine and that users can deploy the combined tools' capabilities locally or access them through GQ's hosted service.
GASSST is an open source genome read mapper that was developed by a team comprised of researchers at,INRIA and the University of Rennes. A paper describing the software was published last year in Bioinformatics.
Jean-Jacques Codani, GQ's chief scientific officer, said in a statement that incorporating GASSST into the GQ-Engine satisfies the firm's priority to provide a tool that "enable multi-genome analysis at NGS resolution for our users."
Dominique Lavenier, GASSST scientific leader, called the integration agreement “a very gratifying and important step for our team and organization," adding that "it allows us to directly contribute to and participate in the larger world of comparative genomics, multi-genome analysis, and personalized medicine research."
GASSST supports reads from different sequencing technologies; handles a variety of read lengths; and lets users map sequences to any kind of reference without requiring pre-built, static indexes, among other capabilities.