Necklace – combining reference and assembled transcriptomes for more comprehensive RNA-Seq analysis

RNA-Seq analyses can benefit from performing a genome-guided and de novo assembly, in particular for species where the reference genome or the annotation is incomplete. However, tools for integrating assembled transcriptome with reference annotation are lacking.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed Necklace, a software pipeline that runs genome-guided and de novo assembly and combines the resulting transcriptomes with reference genome annotations. Necklace constructs a compact but comprehensive superTranscriptome out of the assembled and reference data. Reads are subsequently aligned and counted in preparation for differential expression testing.

Necklace allows a comprehensive transcriptome to be built from a combination of assembled and annotated transcripts which results in a more comprehensive transcriptome for the majority of organisms. In addition RNA-seq data is mapped back to this newly created superTranscript reference to enable differential expression testing with standard methods.

An overview of the necklace pipeline

External software that necklace runs is shown in bold.

Availability –  Necklace is available from under GPL 3.0.

Davidson NM, Oshlack A. (2018) Necklace: combining reference and assembled transcriptomes for more comprehensive RNA-Seq analysis. Gigascience [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

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