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Short Tandem Repeat (STR) genotyper

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Author Haibao Tang (tanghaibao)
  Smriti Ramakrishnan (smr18)
License See included LICENSE


Process a list of TRED (trinucleotide repeats disease) loci, and infer the most likely genotype.


Make sure your Python version >= 2.7 (tested in ubuntu, Python 3 not yet supported):

pip install --user -U git+git://

For accessing BAMs that are located on S3, please refer to docker/tredparse.dockerfile for installation of SAMTOOLS/pysam with S3 support.

Or, you can simply build and use the docker image:

docker pull humanlongevity/tredparse
docker run -v `pwd`:`pwd` -w `pwd` humanlongevity/tredparse \ --tred HD test.bam


First specify the input bam paths and sample keys in a CSV file, like tests/samples.csv. This file is comma separated:


If third column is omitted, then all 30 TREDs are scanned. For example:


Please also note that the BAM path can start with http:// or s3://, provided that the corresponding BAM index can be found.

Run on sample CSV file and generate TSV file with the genotype: tests/samples.csv --workdir work

Highlight the potential risk individuals: work/*.json --tsv work.tsv

The inferred “at-risk” individuals show up in results:

[DM1] - Myotonic dystrophy 1
rep=CAG inherit=AD cutoff=50 n_risk=1 n_carrier=0 loc=chr19:45770205-45770264
SampleKey inferredGender Calls DM1.FR                          DM1.PR     DM1.RR  DM1.PP
     t002        Unknown  5|62   5|24  ...|1;39|1;40|1;42|1;43|1;46|2  49|3;50|8       1

[HD] - Huntington disease
rep=CAG inherit=AD cutoff=40 n_risk=1 n_carrier=0 loc=chr4:3074877-3074933
SampleKey inferredGender  Calls HD.FR                           HD.PR HD.RR  HD.PP
     t001        Unknown  15|41  15|4  ...|1;21|1;24|2;29|1;34|1;41|1            1

One particular individual t001 appears to have 15/41 call (one allele at 15 CAGs and the other at 41 CAGs) at Huntington disease locus (HD). Since the risk cutoff is 40, we have inferred it to be at-risk.

A .report.txt file will also be generated that contains a summary of number of people affected by over-expanded TREDs as well as population allele frequency.

To better understand the uncertainties in the prediction, we can plot the likelihood surface based on the model. Using the same example as above at the Huntington disease case, we can run a command on the JSON output, with option --tred HD to specify the locus. likelihood work/t001.json --tred HD

This generates the following plot:

Server demo

The server/client allows tredparse to be run as a service, also showing the detailed debug information for the detailed computation.

Install meteor if you don’t have it yet.

curl | sh

Then build the docker image to run the command, then run the server.

cd docker
make build
cd ../server
meteor npm install

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