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Mobile Element Locator Tool MELT

A software package that discovers, annotates, and genotypes non-reference mobile element insertions (MEIs) in Illumina DNA paired-end whole genome sequencing (WGS) data. MELT was first conceived as a tool to identify non-reference MEIs in large genome sequencing projects, specifically as part of the 1000 Genomes Project, and has been further optimized to run on a wide range of data types. MELT is optimized for performing discovery in a large number of individual sequencing samples using the sun grid engine (SGE). MELT also has two additional workflows: analysis without SGE (for adaptability to other parallel computing platforms) and single genome analysis. MELT is highly scalable for many different types of data.

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Robert P. Ruggiero

We have been using MELT on non-model genomes and it's been great (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00044/full).
MELT is easy to work with and gives consistent reliable results.

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Daniel Webber

MELT was easy to install and run on SGE! It called our Alu and L1 RIPs accurately to the bp. It does a great job at integrating prior calls, and its genotyping is consistent between samples. It is more accurate then the other tools that we have used for calling transposable elements.

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