TRONCO: an R package for the inference of cancer progression models from heterogeneous genomic data

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Abstract

Motivation: We introduce TRanslational ONCOlogy (TRONCO), an open-source R package that implements the state-of-the-art algorithms for the inference of cancer progression models from (epi)genomic mutational profiles. TRONCO can be used to extract population-level models describing the trends of accumulation of alterations in a cohort of cross-sectional samples, e.g. retrieved from publicly available databases, and individual-level models that reveal the clonal evolutionary history in single cancer patients, when multiple samples, e.g. multiple biopsies or single-cell sequencing data, are available. The resulting models can provide key hints for uncovering the evolutionary trajectories of cancer, especially for precision medicine or personalized therapy.

Availability and implementation: TRONCO is released under the GPL license, is hosted at http://bimib.disco.unimib.it/ (Software section) and archived also at bioconductor.org.

Contact:tronco@disco.unimib.it

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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