Mehmet Akdel, Dick de Ridder
Detecting structural variation (SV) in eukaryotic genomes is of broad interest due to its often dramatic phenotypic effects, but remains a major, costly challenge based on DNA sequencing data. A cost-effective alternative in detecting large-scale SV has become available with advances in optical mapping technology. However, the algorithmic approaches to identifying SVs from optical mapping data are limited. Here, we propose a novel, open-source SV detection tool, OptiDiff, which employs a single molecule based approach to detect and classify homozygous and heterozygous SVs at coverages as low as 20x, showing better performance than the state of the art.