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A Robust and Efficient Coronavirus Software Suite

Robust and Efficient Coronavirus Software Tools

To support researchers with analysis and sharing of genomic data in relation to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak, Illumina has released a suite of tools to help identify, characterize, and examine the virus and the host responses associated with it.

These tools make it simpler for researchers to detect and identify the SARS-CoV-2 viral sequence in their samples, examine host immune responses, and contribute their findings to critical public databases.

See how our software tools help:

Viral detection and identification

Clinical applications

Host response studies

Workflow management

Illumina SARS-Cov-2 NGS Data Toolkit
Detection & Identification Sharing & Collaboration
DRAGEN Metagenomocs New DRAGEN RNA Pathogen Detection App DRAGEN Metagenomocs SRA Import App
DRAGEN Metagenomocs New DRAGEN Metagenomics App DRAGEN Metagenomocs New GISAID Submission App
The Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit is available on BaseSpace Sequence Hub.

About the Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit

This coronavirus detection and identification software is available to the community free of charge on BaseSpace Sequence Hub, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The toolkit is comprised of several tools built on the Illumina DRAGEN Bio-IT Platform, and data submission apps on BaseSpace Sequence Hub, which empower researchers to seamlessly submit their findings to public databases.

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                    Metagenomics Pipeline

DRAGEN Coronavirus Software Tools

The Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit leverages the speed and accuracy of DRAGEN to accelerate infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response. The toolkit includes a new DRAGEN RNA Pathogen Detection Pipeline for infectious disease detection and a DRAGEN Metagenomics Pipeline for outbreak surveillance. The DRAGEN coronavirus tools can be accessed on BaseSpace Sequence Hub. Additional information about coronavirus detection and identification with the DRAGEN Platform can be found on our Software Blog.

DRAGEN RNA Pathogen Detection Pipeline for Infectious Disease Detection

An updated version of the DRAGEN RNA Pipeline is now available to accelerate detection of viral pathogens. The new pipeline helps detect SARS-CoV-2 in any DRAGEN RNA-Seq Pipeline run, regardless of application. This pipeline includes:

  • Comprehensive detection, leveraging both coverage and k-mer based approaches to detect viral pathogens
  • Compatibility with the Illumina respiratory virus target enrichment workflow
  • Human and viral references using a combination of the human genome reference (hg38) with selected virus reference sequences
  • Integrated FASTA generation for upload to public databases, such as GISAID

Additional details about the DRAGEN RNA Pathogen Detection App can be found in this blog post.

DRAGEN Metagenomics Pipeline for Outbreak Surveillance

This new pipeline helps drive rapid and simplified species-level detection in shotgun metagenomics samples. The pipeline is a metagenomics classification workflow able to detect and quantify SARS-CoV-2 sequences at high sensitivity and specificity while simultaneously providing readouts for other common viral and microbial pathogens.

The pipeline leverages an updated database which includes reads specific to coronavirus and delivers a breadth of outputs including Krona plots, organism detection, and QC reports. With the ability to analyze multiple samples at once, the BaseSpace app allows researchers to look at clusters. Additional information can be found in this blog post.

See below for sample data generated by the DRAGEN Metagenomics App on BaseSpace Sequence Hub:

Krona Classification Chart
Organism Detection Chart

 

A Robust and Efficient Coronavirus Software Suite

Coronavirus Software for Clinical Applications

For users looking to generate clinical reporting of SARS-CoV-2 detection to diagnose COVID-19 in symptomatic patients, the DRAGEN COVIDSeq Test Pipeline is used in conjunction with the Illumina COVIDSeq Test.

For users looking to generate clinical reports for shotgun metagenomics or for the respiratory virus oligo panel, IDbyDNA delivers simple, powerful bioinformatics software to turn the data generated by our sequencers into actionable insights. IDbyDNA’s proven, automated Explify platform analysis supports the detection of 35 respiratory viruses, including genomic characterization of SARS-CoV-2. Contact IDbyDNA Client Services at 833-397-5439 or clientservices@idbydna.com to learn more.

 

Comprehensive Workflow Management and Sample Tracking Through BaseSpace Clarity LIMS

Correlation Engine for Host Response Studies

Illumina is delivering a free, collaborative environment to the COVID-19 research community to better understand critical factors that regulate the host response and help identify biomarkers for potential treatments.

How BaseSpace Correlation Engine can advance your research:

  • Putting it into context: Correlation Engine mines thousands of genomic studies, allowing researchers to integrate their data with the world’s genomic knowledge base to generate data-driven answers.
  • Accelerating research: Reduce time to discovery by leveraging Correlation Engine to query thousands of studies instantaneously and help validate hypotheses by making data-driven queries in real time
  • Staying current: Illumina has a dedicated team committed to updating Correlation Engine with curated COVID-19 data, and welcomes members of the research community to contribute their findings to help advance COVID-19 research.
  • Integration: Correlation Engine is an integrated extension of our full stack of transcriptomics products to help researchers seamlessly navigate from sample to answer.
  • Collaboration: When it comes to the fight against COVID-19, we’re all in this together. Correlation Engine allows researchers to contribute and share their data with the research community to advance our understanding of COVID-19 host response.

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About the Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit

Researchers can process samples using Clarity LIMS. Once sequencing is complete, researchers can automatically stream their data into BaseSpace Sequence Hub using the new toolkit.

Powering End-to-End Solutions for
SARS-CoV-2 Detection

Illumina is making it simpler to detect and identify SARS-CoV-2 using NGS with comprehensive, integrated workflows.

Compatible with the Illumina respiratory virus target enrichment workflow, the new toolkit empowers researchers to securely stream data directly off of our full portfolio of sequencers into BaseSpace Sequence Hub for rapid, comprehensive analysis using the DRAGEN RNA Pathogen Detection App. Once analysis is complete, researchers can submit their data to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) directly from BaseSpace Sequence Hub.

For researchers looking to enhance their lab efficiency, Clarity LIMS can be used to track and monitor COVID-19 samples, delivering a comprehensive end-to-end solution.

 

Comprehensive Workflow Management and Sample Tracking Through BaseSpace Clarity LIMS

Clarity LIMS Respiratory Virus Panel Workflow

Comprehensive Workflow Management and Sample Tracking

Two new workflows are available for BaseSpace Clarity LIMS:

  1. CDC COVID-19 RT-PCR workflow based on CDC recommendations
  2. Respiratory Virus Panel workflow using Nextera Flex for Enrichment library prep kit

These new workflows can help ensure samples are viable for analysis – allowing laboratories to quickly start processing coronavirus samples from sample accessioning and library prep to performing QC on sequencing runs.

Additional information about the Clarity LIMS COVID-19 tools can be found on our Software Blog.

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Our sequencing solutions are being used to track transmission, conduct surveillance, and develop vaccines.

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Easy and Secure Sharing, Collaboration, and Submission to Public Databases

Easy and Secure Sharing, Collaboration, and Submission to Public Databases

BaseSpace Sequence Hub is designed to facilitate secure, audit-controlled collaboration among research groups. Data management and sharing capabilities, such as workgroups, allow you to share projects and runs securely with collaborators without requiring file downloads.

The new toolkit features several BaseSpace Sequence Hub apps for collaboration. The new GISAID Submission App accepts a collection of VCF or FASTA files, along with a metadata CSV for the same samples. The app performs data validation before submitting data to GISAID for further QA and processing.

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How to Access the Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit

The full Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit is available on BaseSpace Sequence Hub. The updated DRAGEN COVID-19 tools will also be made available on the DRAGEN Server and will be made available to developers via the DRAGEN API.*

The Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit on BaseSpace Sequence Hub

Researchers can start using the Illumina SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit today on BaseSpace Sequence Hub, free of charge until Oct. 31, 2020. Researchers can stream data directly from their instruments into BaseSpace’s secure cloud environment for push-button usage of the entire toolkit.

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DRAGEN Coronavirus Tools for Developers

The DRAGEN API is intended for large-scale research centers looking to automate analysis in the cloud. The API is built on top of Amazon Web Services. It allows users to call a simple API endpoint to stream, process, and deliver coronavirus sample data to and from their own AWS S3 bucket.

To request early access to the new DRAGEN coronavirus tools through the DRAGEN API, please fill out the form below.

Featured Products

BaseSpace Sequence Hub and iCredits

BaseSpace Sequence Hub, powered by Amazon Web Services, allows you to manage and analyze your data easily with a curated set of analysis apps. iCredits are the currency used to purchase Illumina genomic data storage and analysis options.

DRAGEN Bio-IT Platform

The Illumina DRAGEN Bio-IT Platform provides accurate, ultra-rapid secondary analysis of sequencing data.

NextSeq 2000 System and Reagents

The NextSeq 2000 System supports emerging and mid-throughput sequencing applications as well as a broad range of methods such as exome sequencing, target enrichment, single-cell profiling, transcriptome sequencing, and more.

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Additional Software Tools

Target Enrichment Pipeline

The DRAGEN Enrichment Pipeline can also be leveraged for detection and identification of SARS-CoV-2. The pipeline is available on BaseSpace Sequence Hub for a low per-sample cost, and can be accessed on the DRAGEN Server.

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*The BaseSpace Sequence Hub SARS-CoV-2 NGS Data Toolkit is free of charge for 6 months, expiring October 31, 2020. Illumina is also providing a free 1-year trial of Clarity LIMS for COVID-19 researchers.