Bystro: rapid online variant annotation and natural-language filtering at whole-genome scale [article]

Alex V. Kotlar, Cristina E. Trevino, Michael E. Zwick, David J. Cutler, Thomas S. Wingo
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
Accurately selecting relevant alleles in large sequencing experiments remains technically challenging. Bystro ( is the first online, cloud-based application that makes variant annotation and filtering accessible to all researchers for terabyte-sized whole-genome experiments containing thousands of samples. Its key innovation is a general-purpose, natural-language search engine that enables users to identify and export alleles and samples of interest in milliseconds. The
more » ... engine dramatically simplifies complex filtering tasks that previously required programming experience or specialty command-line programs. Critically, Bystro's annotation and filtering capabilities are orders of magnitude faster than previous solutions, saving weeks of processing time for large experiments.
doi:10.1101/146514 fatcat:p7buiiogtzexlefkjpbstxfqya