Assembly, consensensus, and analysis tools by ONT research.
Pomoxis - bioinformatics tools for nanopore research
Pomoxis comprises a set of basic bioinformatic tools tailored to nanopore sequencing. Notably tools are included for generating and analysing draft assemblies. Many of these tools are used by the research data analysis group at Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
Documentation can be found at https://nanoporetech.github.io/pomoxis/.
© 2018 Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.
- Wraps third party tools with known good default parameters and methods of use.
- Creates an isolated environment with all third-party tools.
- Can be installed with conda.
- Streamlines common short analysis chains.
- Integrates into katuali for performing more complex analysis pipelines.
- Open source (Mozilla Public License 2.0).
Pomoxis is developed on Ubuntu 16.04, other recent linuxes should be equally compatible (see build notes below). Pomoxis is known to work on at least some MacOS High Sierra configurations, though some components, notably scrappy, are known to not work on some MacOS configurations (combinations of OS and xcode versions).
Much of pomoxis's functionality is dependent on thirty party tools. These
can be provided by the user, or can be installed with the help of the
Installation with conda
Pomoxis is available on bioconda and so can be most easily installed with:
conda install pomoxis
Installation with pip
For those who prefer python's native package manager, pomoxis is also available on pypi and can be installed using pip:
pip install git+https://github.com/rrwick/Porechop pip install pomoxis
We recommend using pomoxis within a virtual environment, viz.:
virtualenv pomoxis --python=python3 --prompt "(pomoxis) " . pomoxis/bin/activate pip install git+https://github.com/rrwick/Porechop pip install pomoxis
Using this method requires the user to provide several binaries:
and place these within the
Installation from source
With this method pomoxis will install itself into a an isolated virtual environment. The installation will fetch, compile, and install all direct dependencies into the environment. Use this method if you do not wish to use conda, but will not be providing the third-party binaries.
Before installing pomoxis is may be required to install some prerequisite packages, best installed by a package manager. On Ubuntu these are:
- cmake (for racon)
- wget (for fetching modules from github)
- bzip2 (for extracting those modules)
To setup the environment run:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/nanoporetech/pomoxis cd pomoxis make install . ./venv/bin/activate
The installation of porechop (https://github.com/rrwick/Porechop)
requires a newer compiler than is a available on some systems. It may therefore
be necessary to install a newer compiler and set environment variables before
make install step:
# For porechop to be compiled on older systems set these, e.g.: export CXX="g++-4.9" CC="gcc-4.9"
Note also that racon requires at least
Installation without compiling third-party binaries
Running the above within a pre-exisiting (virtual) environnment may well fail; advanced may wish to simply run
python setup.py install
in the standard manner after compiling the third party programs listed below
and ensuring they are present on the
setup.py script can copy
the binaries into the python interpreter path if they are placed within a
setup.py. To make use of this facility
pip install -r requirements.txt POMO_BINARIES=1 python setup.py install
Third party binaries
The distribution bundles some common bioinformatics tools:
Licence and Copyright
© 2018 Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.
pomoxis is distributed under the terms of the Mozilla Public License 2.0.
Research releases are provided as technology demonstrators to provide early access to features or stimulate Community development of tools. Support for this software will be minimal and is only provided directly by the developers. Feature requests, improvements, and discussions are welcome and can be implemented by forking and pull requests. However much as we would like to rectify every issue and piece of feedback users may have, the developers may have limited resource for support of this software. Research releases may be unstable and subject to rapid iteration by Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
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