breseq is a computational pipeline for finding mutations relative to a reference sequence in short-read DNA re-sequencing data for haploid microbial-sized genomes. breseq is a command line tool implemented in C++ and R. It will compile and function on a variety of Unix platforms, including MacOSX and Cygwin. It reports single-nucleotide mutations, point insertions and deletions, large deletions, and new junctions supported by mosaic reads (such as those produced by new mobile element insertions) in an annotated HTML format.

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Comprehensive Analysis of Mutations in Evolved Microbes Using breseq

ASM Microbe 2021 On-Demand Workshop (June 20-24)
Introduction: Identifying Mutations and Studying Microbial Genome Evolution with breseq

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Zoom Workshop: Introductory Topics (July 20, 2021)

Analyzing an evolved E. coli clone with a high quality reference sequence for its ancestor (LTEE Ara+1 50,000 generations, Clone A)
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What the results look like if you run this same clonal sample in polymorphism mode (LTEE Ara+1 50,000 generations, Clone A)
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Results for another evolved clone that was sequenced with longer reads (LTEE Ara+1 50,000 generations, Clone B)
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Analyzing the mixed population that both of these clones were isolated from (LTEE Ara+1 50,000 generations, Population)
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Results from mapping to reference genome of a closely related strain–many predictions (links removed to save disk space).
breseq -r NC_000913.3.MG1655.gbk SRR2584534_1.fastq.gz SRR2584534_2.fastq.gz
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Analyzing an E. coli cell that contains a plasmid
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Locating the insertion site of an integration cassette in the A. baylyi genome
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Feedback and Bug Reporting

Please report bugs on GitHub.

Tutorial input and results files for breseq book chapter

Deatherage, D.E., Barrick, J.E.. (2014) Identification of mutations in laboratory-evolved microbes from next-generation sequencing data using breseq. Methods Mol. Biol. 1151:165-188. «PubMed»

Download Link Size Description
Download Clonal_Sample.tgz 267M Input files for clonal sample
Download Clonal_Output.tgz 1.2M Output files for clonal sample
Download Population_Sample.tgz 1.4G Input files for time-course of population samples
Download Population_Output.tgz 11M Output files for time-course of population samples, including comparison
Download Mutation_Examples.tgz 199K Examples of using unassigned evidence to predict complex mutations
Download Poor_Evidence_Examples.tgz 139K Example output showing characteristics of poor evidence

Other Resources

Previous Versions:

Download Previous versions from 0.24rc6 to 0.25d (
Download Previous versions up to 0.24rc6 (Google Code)

Additional test data and an example of breseq output:

Download FASTQ reads for E. coli strain REL8593A (200M)
Download Reference genome (REL606)
External site Example of breseq output
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