Summary

Integration of next generation sequencing data (NGS) across different research studies can improve the power of genetic association testing by increasing sample size and can obviate the need for sequencing controls. If differential genotype uncertainty across studies is not accounted for, combining datasets can produce spurious association results. We developed the Variant Integration Kit for NGS (VikNGS), a fast cross-platform software package, to enable aggregation of several datasets for rare and common variant genetic association analysis of quantitative and binary traits with covariate adjustment. VikNGS also includes a graphical user interface, power simulation functionality and data visualization tools.

Availability and implementation

The VikNGS package can be downloaded at http://www.tcag.ca/tools/index.html.

Supplementary information

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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