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About SpolTools

spolTools is a collection of online browser programs designed to manipulate and analyse spoligotype data of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.

Goals of SpolTools

  • To consolidate and organise data from spoligotyping as a readily accessible resource for researchers
  • To provide corresponding analysis tools on spoligotype data
  • To provide users a forum for contribution of their own spoligotype data
  • To serve as a model for the presentation of spoligotype data in a user-friendly format
  • About DESTUS

    spolTools earlier provided an implementation of a method to detect emerging strains of tuberculosis using spoligotypes in a program called DESTUS. This functionality is not available at the moment. We are working on restoring this program through an R interface. If this is of interest to you, please check back later as we update this page.


    When using the tools in this site for publication, please cite the following papers:

    Tang C, Reyes JF, Luciani F, Francis AR, and Tanaka MM. spolTools: online utilities for analyzing spoligotypes of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Bioinformatics. 2008 Oct 15;24(20):2414-5. Epub 2008 Aug 18. [PubMed]

    Reyes JF, Francis AR, and Tanaka MM. Models of deletion for visualizing bacterial variation: an application to tuberculosis spoligotypes. [PubMed]

    Tanaka MM and Francis AR. Detecting emerging strains of tuberculosis by using spoligotypes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006 Oct 10;103(41):15266-71. Epub 2006 Oct 2. [PubMed]

    People of SpolTools

    spolTools was designed by C Tang, JF Reyes, F Luciani, AR Francis, and MM Tanaka. It was developed for web use by C Tang and JF Reyes. Zach Aandahl and Sangeeta Bhatia helped set up this website.