2. Overview

Sequana provides standalone applications (e.g., sequana_coverage, sequana_taxonomy) and pipelines in the form of Snakefiles. Although the standalone applications are usually simpler, they may not have all features or parameters offered by the pipelines.

The Tutorial, Pipelines, Gallery and Case Examples sections provide many examples on their usage.

This section will not describe all available standalones and pipelines. We will focus on one example (coverage) to show how one can use the Sequana library, or standalone application, or pipeline to get information about the coverage of a set of mapped reads onto a reference.

2.1. Sequana library

2.1.1. Example 1 : running median on coverage

Sequana is a Python library. It contains many functionalities, which are fully documented and available in the References section. We can first look at the coverage contained within a BED file using the library. First, we need some data. Sequana provides some test examples, which can be accessed using sequana_data() function. The test case is a virus (about 18,000 bases):

from sequana import sequana_data
filename = sequana_data('JB409847.bed')

We can then use the GenomeCov class to read the file:

from sequana import GenomeCov
gc = GenomeCov(filename)

Select a chromosome (first one) and compute the running median:

chrom = gc[0]
chrom.running_median(n=5001, circular=True)

and finally plot the coverage together with confidence interval (3 sigma):


(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)


2.1.2. Example2: read a fastq file

Let us use the FastQC class to get the distribution of the bases ACGT across all reads of a FastQ file.

(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)


Many more functionalities are available. The reference guide should help you.

2.2. Sequana standalones

The Python example about the coverage is actually quite useful. We therefore decided to provide a standalone application. There are other standalone applications listed in Applications (standalone) section.

The one related to the coverage example shown above is named sequana_coverage. If you have a BED file, type:

sequana_coverage  -i <BEDFILENAME>

If your organism has a circular DNA, add -o. You can play with the window size for the running median using -w.

Using the BED file and reference mentionned in the previous section you should obtain the same figure as above.

An additional feature is the report using --show-html option.

2.3. Sequana pipelines

In Sequana, in addition to the library and standalone applications, we also provide a set of pipelines (see Pipelines section). The coverage tools described so far do not have a dedicated pipeline but is part of a more general pipeline called Variant Calling. Instead of describing in details that pipeline, let us explain the way pipelines can be created and run.

2.3.1. Manually

Pipelines are made of a Snakefile (a Makefile using Python) and an associated config file. Pipelines can be downloaded from the Sequana pipeline directory as well as the config file named config.yaml.

Copy the pipeline (ending in .rules) and the configuration file in a local directory. The config file is a generic template file and some fields must be changed. For instance the beginning of the file looks like:

# list of your input file
    file1: "%(file1)s"
    file2: "%(file2)s"

For pipelines that takes FastQ files as inputs, the string %(file1)s must be replaced by a valid filename. If you do not have a second file, remove the next line (file2). Other similar fields must be filled if required by the pipeline.

Then, a pipeline must be executed using the executable snakemake. If you choose the variant_calling pipeline, the file is executed as follows:

snakemake -s variant_calling.rules

This will search for the config.yaml file locally. One good feature is that if you interrupt the pipeline (or if it fails), you can fix the problem and re-run the command above without executing the parts of the pipelines that were succesfully run. If you want to start from scratch, add --forceall option:

snakemake -s variant_calling.rules --forceall

See also

Pipelines section for more information.

2.3.2. Using sequana standalone

An easier way to initialise a pipeline, is to use sequana executable. For instance for the variant calling:

sequana --pipeline variant_calling

This will automatically download the pipeline, config file and update the latter as much as possible.

See also

Applications (standalone) section

2.3.3. Using Sequanix standalone

An even easier way is to use our graphical interface named Sequanix. A snapshot can be found in the Sequanix: GUI for snakemake workflows section and a tutorial in tutorial_sequanix.

2.4. Sequana Reports

Pipelines and standalone make use of internal reporting. Since there are part of the Sequana library, they can also be used with your own code. For instance, if you have a BAM file, you can use the following code to create a basic report:

from sequana import BAM, sequana_data
from sequana.modules_report.bamqc import BAMQCModule
filename sequana_data("test.bam", "testing")

r = BAMQCModule(filename, "bam.html")

that results can be shown in bam.html