spolTools is a collection of online browser programs designed to manipulate and analyse spoligotype data of
Goals of SpolTools
To consolidate and organise data from spoligotyping as a
readily accessible resource for researchers
To provide corresponding analysis tools on
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
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
Tang C, Reyes JF, Luciani F, Francis AR, and Tanaka MM.
online utilities for analyzing spoligotypes of the Mycobacterium
tuberculosis complex. Bioinformatics. 2008 Oct 15;24(20):2414-5. Epub 2008 Aug 18.
Spoligoforests Reyes JF, Francis AR, and Tanaka MM.
Models of deletion for visualizing bacterial variation: an
application to tuberculosis spoligotypes. [PubMed]
DESTUS 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.