khmer – k-mer counting & filtering FTW

Authors:Michael R. Crusoe, Greg Edvenson, Jordan Fish, Adina Howe, Luiz Irber, Eric McDonald, Joshua Nahum, Kaben Nanlohy, Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga, Jason Pell, Jared Simpson, Camille Scott, Ramakrishnan Rajaram Srinivasan, Qingpeng Zhang, and C. Titus Brown

khmer is a library and suite of command line tools for working with DNA sequence. It is primarily aimed at short-read sequencing data such as that produced by the Illumina platform. khmer takes a k-mer-centric approach to sequence analysis, hence the name.

Installing and running khmer

There are two mailing lists dedicated to khmer, an announcements-only list and a discussion list. To search their archives and sign-up for them, please visit the following URLs:

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khmer development has largely been supported by AFRI Competitive Grant no. 2010-65205-20361 from the USDA NIFA, and is now funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HG007513 through May 2016, both to C. Titus Brown.


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