DIEGO: detection of differential alternative splicing using Aitchison's geometry

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Motivation:Alternative splicing is a biological process of fundamental importance in most eukaryotes. It plays a pivotal role in cell differentiation and gene regulation and has been associated with a number of different diseases. The widespread availability of RNA-Sequencing capacities allows an ever closer investigation of differentially expressed isoforms. However, most tools for differential alternative splicing (DAS) analysis do not take split reads, i.e. the most direct evidence for a splice event, into account. Here, we present DIEGO, a compositional data analysis method able to detect DAS between two sets of RNA-Seq samples based on split reads.Results:The python tool DIEGO works without isoform annotations and is fast enough to analyze large experiments while being robust and accurate. We provide python and perl parsers for common formats.Availability and implementation:The software is available at: www.bioinf.uni-leipzig.de/Software/DIEGO.Contact:steve@bioinf.uni-leipzig.deSupplementary information:Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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