STAR-Fusion: Fast and Accurate Fusion Transcript Detection from RNA-Seq

Haas, Brian, Dobin, Alex, Stransky, Nicolas, Li, Bo, Yang, Xiao, Tickle, Timothy, Bankapur, Asma, Ganote, Carrie, Doak, Thomas, Pochet, Nathalie, Sun, Jing, Wu, Catherine, Gingeras, Thomas, Regev, Aviv (March 2017) STAR-Fusion: Fast and Accurate Fusion Transcript Detection from RNA-Seq. BioRxiv. (Unpublished)

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DOI: 10.1101/120295


Motivation Fusion genes created by genomic rearrangements can be potent drivers of tumorigenesis. However, accurate identification of functionally fusion genes from genomic sequencing requires whole genome sequencing, since exonic sequencing alone is often insufficient. Transcriptome sequencing provides a direct, highly effective alternative for capturing molecular evidence of expressed fusions in the precision medicine pipeline, but current methods tend to be inefficient or insufficiently accurate, lacking in sensitivity or predicting large numbers of false positives. Here, we describe STAR-Fusion, a method that is both fast and accurate in identifying fusion transcripts from RNA-Seq data. Results We benchmarked STAR-Fusion’s fusion detection accuracy using both simulated and genuine Illumina paired-end RNA-Seq data, and show that it has superior performance compared to popular alternative fusion detection methods. Availability and implementation STAR-Fusion is implemented in Perl, freely available as open source software at, and supported on Linux.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics > computational biology
Investigative techniques and equipment > assays > RNA-seq
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Communities: CSHL labs > Gingeras lab
CSHL labs > Dobin Lab
SWORD Depositor: CSHL Elements
Depositing User: CSHL Elements
Date: 24 March 2017
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 16:25
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 15:28

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