- Please cite: Langmead B, Trapnell C, Pop M, Salzberg SL. Ultrafast and memory-efficient alignment of short DNA sequences to the human genome. Genome Biol 10:R25.
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- Langmead B, Trapnell C, Pop M, Salzberg SL. Ultrafast and memory-efficient alignment of short DNA sequences to the human genome. Genome Biology 10:R25.
- Langmead B, Schatz M, Lin J, Pop M, Salzberg SL. Searching for SNPs with cloud computing. Genome Biology 10:R134.
- Trapnell C, Pachter L, Salzberg SL, TopHat: discovering splice junctions with RNA-Seq. Bioinformatics 2009 25(9):1105-1111.
Bowtie on GitHub - 4/11/13
- Bowtie source now lives in a public GitHub repository.
1.0.0 release - 4/9/13
- Finally, a 64-bit Windows binary!
- Due to general performance improvements spinlocking is now used by default. The EXTRA_FLAGS=-DNO_SPINLOCK may be used to reverse this during compilation.
- Fixed some race conditions.
- CygWin builds now use pthreads library.
- Changed MinGW to optionally use pthread library on Win32 platforms.
- Changed the Windows build to use native Windows threads by default.
- Renamed COPYING to LICENSE to be more GitHub-friendly.
- Tokenizer no longer has limit of 10,000 tokens, which was a problem for users trying to index a very large number of FASTA files.
- Removed references to no-longer-implemented --cutoff option for bowtie-build
0.12.9 release - 12/16/12
- Fixed a bug whereby read names would not be truncated at first whitespace character in unmapped or maxed-out SAM records.
- Fixed errors and warnings when compiling with clang++.
- Fixed most errors and warnings when compiling with recent versions of g++, though you may need to add EXTRA_FLAGS=-Wno-enum-compare to avoid all warnings.
0.12.8 release - 5/6/12
- Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause an immediate segmentation fault in --sam mode.
- Fixed make_galGal3.sh script to not omit chromosome 25.
- Removed -B option from usage message for bowtie-build; that option is not implemented.
- Fixed issue that could cause Bowtie not to compile when BOWTIE_PTHREADS is left undefined and pthreads.h is not present.
- Elaborated documentation for -B/--offbase option to indicate that it only affects offsets in the default output mode, not in SAM mode.
Bowtie 2 beta released - 10/16/2011
- Bowtie 2 2.0.0-beta2 is available now.
- Differences between Bowtie 2 and Bowtie 1 include:
- For reads longer than about 50 bp Bowtie 2 is generally faster, more sensitive, and uses less memory than Bowtie 1. For relatively short reads (e.g. less than 50 bp) Bowtie 1 is sometimes faster and/or more sensitive.
- Bowtie 2 supports gapped alignment with affine gap penalties. Number of gaps and gap lengths are not restricted, except by way of the configurable scoring scheme. Bowtie 1 finds just ungapped alignments.
- Bowtie 2 supports local alignment, which doesn't require reads to align end-to-end. Local alignments might be "trimmed" ("soft clipped") at one or both extremes in a way that optimizes alignment score. Bowtie 2 also supports end-to-end alignment which, like Bowtie 1, requires that the read align entirely.
- There is no upper limit on read length in Bowtie 2. Bowtie 1 has an upper limit of around 1000 bp.
- Bowtie 2 allows alignments to overlap ambiguous characters (e.g. Ns) in the reference. Bowtie 1 does not.
- Bowtie 2 does away with Bowtie 1's notion of alignment "stratum", and its distinction between "Maq-like" and "end-to-end" modes. In Bowtie 2 all alignments lie along a continuous spectrum of alignment scores where the scoring scheme, similar to Needleman-Wunsch and Smith-Waterman.
- Bowtie 2's paired-end alignment is more flexible. E.g. for pairs that do not align in a paired fashion, Bowtie 2 attempts to find unpaired alignments for each mate.
- Bowtie 2 does not align colorspace reads.
Fixed chicken index - 7/19/2011
- The pre-built chicken genome available from this website was missing chr25. chr25_random was included, but chr25 was erroneously excluded. This is fixed as of today - the index files linked to from the sidebar now contains all chicken chromosomes.
0.12.7 release - 9/7/10
- Fixes the all-gap reference sequence issue that was present in Bowtie 0.12.6. Index files produced by bowtie-build 0.12.5 and earlier (back to 0.10.*) are compatible with bowtie 0.12.7. Index files produced by bowtie-build 0.12.7 are backward compatible with bowtie 0.12.5 and earlier as long as the first reference sequence is not all-gaps (or, when colorspace indexes, as long as the first reference sequence has two consecutive ACGT characters in it somewhere).
- Indexes where the first sequence consists of all gaps or other non-ACGT characters are not handled properly by Bowtie versions 0.12.5 and older, but are handled properly by Bowtie 0.12.7.
- REMOVED: bowtie-build's --old-reverse option; the old reverse- index scheme is again the default. The new scheme is disabled pending further refinement.
0.12.6 release - 8/29/10
- Modified bowtie-inspect's default mode to use the bit-encoded reference portion of the index to reconstruct the reference sequence, rather than the ebwt portion. This makes bowtie-inspect much faster and uses less memory, and the output for a colorspace index will now be in nucleotide space. To get the behavior of the old default, use the new -e/--ebwt-ref option.
- Fixed bug whereby SOLiD QV strings without a trailing space would fail to parse.
- Moved to a new default way of building the reverse index. Revert to the old behavior with bowtie-build's new --old-reverse option. The new reverse index format is forward and backward compatible with `bowtie`, unless otherwise noted in a future version.
- Fixed issue that would sometimes cause bowtie-build to crash when building a large index with a low --offrate.
- Fixed build issue that would cause bowtie-build built on one version of Linux to die with a "floating point error" on other versions. bowtie now simply skips reads with 0 characters. Previously it would print an error and exit.
- Fixed a bug whereby alignment cost could sometimes be miscalculated. Stratum was unaffected.
- bowtie now simply skips reads with 0 characters. Previously it would print an error and exit.
Myrna paper out - 8/11/10
- The provisional version of the Myrna paper appeared today in Genome Biology. See the Myrna site for details about the software.
Myrna released - 7/22/10
- Myrna is cloud-scale tool for calculating differential gene expression in large RNA-seq datasets. It is very similar to Crossbow in design and philosophy; e.g. it uses Bowtie, it's "tri-mode" (runs in the cloud or on a Hadoop cluster or a single computer), it has a web-form-based GUI for composing and submitting cloud jobs, and its cloud mode uses Elastic MapReduce.
Major update to Crossbow - 7/22/10
- Crossbow has received a major update to
version 1.0.4. New features:
- New "tri-mode" design; Crossbow jobs can be run in the cloud (on Amazon AWS), on a Hadoop cluster, or on a single computer, exploiting multiple processor cores
- Added a web-form-based GUI for composing and submitting cloud jobs.
- Cloud version of Crossbow now runs on Elastic MapReduce (EMR) rather than directly on Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).