Release 1.4.6-p5, 4 Sept 2015
  • Added '-S' option to featureCounts to specify the orientation of paired-end reads.
  • Added '--minOverlap' and '--largestOverlap' options to featureCounts.
  • Fixed a CIGAR reporting bug in Subjunc when '--allJunctions' option is turned on (in rare cases CIGAR may contain an incorrect large N section).

  • Release 1.4.6-p4, 25 June 2015
  • Fixed a bug in featureCounts for counting reads (not read pairs) in stranded paired-end sequencing data. Counting read pairs is not affected by this bug.

  • Release 1.4.6-p3, 18 May 2015
  • Added an argument "--donotsort" to featureCounts to allow users to turn off the read sorting procedure.
  • Show details of read pairs that were not properly paired in featureCounts screen output.

  • NEWS

    The Subread-featureCounts-limma/voom pipeline was successfully used in a large-scale RNA-seq study for defining a signature for mouse antibody-secreting plasma cells. The study was published in Nature Immunology in April 2015:

    Transcriptional profiling of mouse B cell terminal differentiation defines a signature for antibody-secreting plasma cells

    Release 1.4.6-p2, 24 March 2015
  • Added a new parameter for subread-align and subjunc programs: --minDistanceBetweenVariants. This parameter specifies the minimum allowed distance between two neighboring genomic variants within the same read.

  • Release 1.4.6-p1, 12 Feb 2015
  • Distance between two neighboring genomic variants is allowed to be as small as 1bp (it was 16bp).
  • Fix a bug that sometimes caused randomness in multi-threaded running of Subjunc program.

  • NEWS

    The Subread-featureCounts-limma/voom pipeline has been found to be one of the best-performing pipelines for the analyses of RNA-seq data by the SEQC/MAQC III Consortium. This study was published in the 2014 September issue of Nature Biotechnology -- A comprehensive assessment of RNA-seq accuracy, reproducibility and information content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium

    Release 1.4.6, 15 Oct 2014
  • The default number of maximum allowed mismatches in each reported alignment is changed to 3.
  • The minimun fraction of consensus subreads out of all extracted subreads, required for detecting candidate mapping locations, is changed to 0.3 in subjunc for the mapping of exonic reads (reads falling within exons).
  • Better support for the mapping of micro RNA sequencing (miRNA-seq) reads. A full index with no gaps included can now be built to allow miRNA-seq reads to be mapped in the highest possible resolution. A new section is added to the User Guides to describe how to map miRNA-seq reads using Subread.
  • Bug fixes.

  • Release 1.4.5-p1, 7 July 2014
  • Fixed a bug for reporting unmapped reads in SAM output.

  • Release 1.4.5, 12 June 2014

    New options in featureCounts:
    --readExtension5 <int> Reads are extended upstream by <int> bases from their 5' end.
    --readExtension3 <int> Reads are extended downstream by <int> bases from their 3' end.
    --read2pos <5:3> The read is reduced to its 5' most base or 3' most base. Read summarization is then performed based on the single base position which the read is reduced to.
    --minReadOverlap <int> Specify the minimum number of overlapped bases required for assigning a read to a feature. 1 by default. Negative values are permitted, indicating a gap being allowed between a read and a feature.
    --countSplitAlignmentsOnly If specified, only split alignments (CIGAR strings containing letter 'N') will be counted. Example split alignments include exon-spanning reads in RNA-seq data.
    --ignoreDup If specified, reads marked as duplicates are not counted. Duplicate reads are identified using FLAG Ox400.

    A new option in subread-align/sbujunc:
    -M <int> Specify the maximum number of mismatched bases allowed in the alignment. 10 by default.

    Other changes:
  • NM tags are added into read mapping output.
  • Range of MAPQ values is changed to [0,60).
  • MAPQ values for Multiple-mapping reads are set to 0.
  • NCBI RefSeq gene annotations for hg19, mm10 and mm9 are added to the package, making it easier for performing read summarization.
  • Bug fixes.

  • Release 1.4.4, 20 March 2014

  • Improved featureCounts in processing GTF/GFF format annotation files.
  • Breakpoint locations are reported along with mapping location of each fusion read in SAM/BAM files, using tags including CC(chromosome name), CP(mapping position), CG(CIGAR string) and CT(strand).
  • Strandness of the exon-splicing site is reported using XA tag (e.g. XA:A:+) in Subjunc program.
  • Fragments (ie. read pairs), instead of reads, are counted for each chromosomal location for SNP calling in exactSNP, when paired-end read data are provided.
  • Full index can be built for a reference genome by subread-buildindex program (no gap between neighbouring subreads) to further reduce the read mapping time.
  • New utility programs were added, including 'coverageCount' (calcuate coverage at each chromosomal location in a highly efficient manner) and 'propmapped' (cacluate proportion of mapped reads in a SAM/BAM file).
  • Bug fixes.

  • Release 1.4.3-p1, 18 December 2013

  • Fixed a bug in featureCounts for processing long header lines in SAM/BAM files.
  • Support for gzipped FASTQ input was added.
  • Improved indel detection.
  • exactSNP can use known SNPs to improve its SNP calling performance (-a option).

  • Release 1.4.2, 15 November 2013

  • featureCounts outputs summary info after read assignments (giving reasons for those unassigned reads).
  • featureCounts automatically re-orders paired-end reads if reads from the same pair are not adjacent to each other (-S option is not needed any more). It can also deal with those read pairs that have only one end included in SAM/BAM files.
  • Subjunc has an improved performance in mapping the exon-spanning reads in which junction locations are very close to (1-2bp away from) the ends of reads.
  • Bug fixes.

  • News - featureCounts publication, 14 Nov 2013

    The featureCounts paper was just published on Bioinformatics! Click the link below to see it:
    featureCounts: an efficient general-purpose program for assigning sequence reads to genomic features.

    Release 1.4.1, 7 November 2013

  • Release of binary distributions for Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. Both 32-bit and 64-bit machines are supported.
  • featureCounts program automatically detects read input format (SAM or BAM) ('-b' option is no longer required for BAM input).
  • Added option '--reportFusions' to subread-align program to detect fusion events such as chimeras in gDNA-seq data. Discovered fusions will be saved to a file. Detailed mapping results for fusion reads are also saved to the SAM/BAM output. Optional fields in the SAM/BAM file are used to store secondary alignments for each fusion read, along with the primary alignment stored in the main fields. Each fusion read occupies only one row in the SAM/BAM output.
  • Added option '--allJunctions' to subjunc program to detect non-canonical exon-exon junctions (donor/receptor sites different from GT/AG) and also fusions in RNA-seq data.
  • Bug fixes.

  • Major release 1.4.0, 10 October 2013

  • Added a number of new features to featureCounts read summarization function, including reordering of reads in BAM files to make reads from the same pair be adjacent to each other, support for chromosome aliases and output of complete annotation data for counting results from meta-feature level summarization.
  • It is described in more details in the Users Guide on how featureCounts program summarizes reads.
  • Improved short indel detection for both Subread and Subjunc aligners. This was achieved by building a consensus indel table and by realigning the reads. Discovered indels are reported in the ouptput in addition to the read mapping results.
  • Support for detection of long indels (up to 200bp) was added in Subread. When the specified value of '-I' option is greater than 16, Subread will automatically perform read assembly to detect long insertions and deletions.
  • Subread and Subjunc can now take FASTQ/FASTA, SAM and BAM files as input and output mapping results in both SAM and BAM formats.
  • Subjunc now directly operates on raw read data (it previously took Subread output as input), thus reducing running time by nearly half.
  • Subjunc can be instructed to output uniquely mapped reads. Hamming distance and mapping quality scores can be used to break ties when more than one best location was found.
  • More options were added to exactSNP program. Its documentation was also greatly improved.
  • A number of bug fixes.

  • v1.3.6-p1 release, 28 Aug 2013
  • Fixed a bug for processing long header lines in index building.

  • v1.3.6 release, 9 Aug 2013
  • Fixed a bug for the featureCounts program.

  • v1.3.5-p5 release, 26 Jun 2013
  • Fixed a bug in reporting mapping results for PE reads for subread-align.

  • v1.3.5-p4 release, 18 Jun 2013
  • Fixed a bug in reporting uniquely mapped reads for subread-align.
  • Refined program output information.

  • v1.3.5-p3 release, 13 Jun 2013
  • Changes to featureCounts to let it deal with the reversed order of reads from the same pair in SAM/BAM file.

  • v1.3.5-p2 release, 12 Jun 2013
  • Fixed a bug of reporting mapping location of mate read when it contains soft-clipped bases.
  • Reformatted the program usage info and updated the program output info.
  • An '-b' option was added to subread-align to output base-space reads when mapping color-space reads.

  • v1.3.5-p1 release, 7 Jun 2013
  • Fixed the bug of incorrect SAM output introduced in v1.3.5.
  • Enhanced subread-buildindex to let it check the integrity of provided reference sequences.

  • v1.3.5 release, 6 Jun 2013
  • Fixed the bug for multi-threaded running of subread-align and subjunc.
  • Fixed an error for populating the mapping location field in the SAM file for unmapped reads.
  • Changed the meaning of -d and -D options. They are now used to specify the minimum and maximum fragment lengths.
  • Removed the limit on the number of chromosomes allowed for the index building.

  • v1.3.4 release, 4 Jun 2013
  • Modified featureCounts to let it exclude multi-mapping reads in read summarization (default). To allow multi-mapping reads to be counted, use the '-M' option.
  • Documentation improvement.
  • v1.3.3-p5 release, 2 Jun 2013
  • Modified the '-s' option of featureCounts to allow reverse-stranded read counting ('-s 2').
  • v1.3.3-p4 release, 29 May 2013
  • Added '-Q' option to featureCounts to allow it filter out reads which have low mapping quality scores.
  • v1.3.3-p3 release, 23 May 2013
  • Fixed a bug with the'-B' argument of the featureCounts program.
  • featureCounts can now deal with the extra space character included in the gene_id attribute in some GTF annotation files generated by Ensembl.
  • v1.3.3-p2 release, 20 May 2013
  • featureCounts can now process any number of chromosomes included in the annotation file.
  • v1.3.3-p1 release, 17 May 2013
  • Fixed a bug of processing GTF annotation files.
  • Further improve the performance of featureCounts when running on one thread.
  • v1.3.3 release, 11 May 2013
  • The featureCounts program is released.
  • v1.3.3 release, 30 April 2013
  • Added an option to allow multiple best mapping locations to be reported.
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