Abstract Motivation In metagenomics, Kraken is one of the most widely used tools due to its robustness and speed. Yet, the overall turnaround time of metagenomic analysis is hampered by the sequential paradigm of wet and dry lab. In urgent experiments, it can be crucial to gain a timely insight into a dataset. Results Here, we present LiveKraken, a real-time read classification tool based on the core algorithm of Kraken. LiveKraken uses streams of raw data from Illumina sequencers to classify reads taxonomically. This way, we are able to produce results identical to those of Kraken the moment the sequencer finishes. We are furthermore able to provide comparable results in early stages of a sequencing run, allowing saving up to a week of sequencing time on an Illumina HiSeq in High Throughput Mode. While the number of classified reads grows over time, false classifications appear in negligible numbers and proportions of identified taxa are only affected to a minor extent. Availability LiveKraken is available at https://gitlab.com/rki_bioinformatics/LiveKraken. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org © The Author(s) (2018). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: email@example.com This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)
Bioinformatics – Oxford University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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