EGRP News Flash - December 10, 2012
NCI-Sponsored Catalogue of Genetic Simulation Software Now Available
Genetic simulations play an important role in genetic research, specifically for the development and testing of analytic methods and assisting with the interpretation of results. Numerous simulation programs have been written for a variety of applications; however, choosing the right tool for a particular study can prove challenging. To this end, the Genetic Simulation Resource (GSR) was created jointly by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) and the Surveillance Research Program (SRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The purpose of the GSR is to help investigators identify the genetic simulator most suitable for their research needs.
The GSR website includes more than 70 software applications that were identified based on publications in relevant scientific journals. The GSR provides basic information about these applications, such as descriptions, release dates, and links to web pages for the simulation programs. In addition, the GSR characterizes applications by many different attributes including simulation method, type of genetic variation, input/output formats, programming languages and license information. Users are able to search and compare simulation software on the GSR website according to these attributes so that they can quickly identify the most appropriate software application for their study.
If you are interested in participating in a webinar demonstrating the use of the GSR, or if you have comments or questions about this online resource, contact the GSR team.
To view a compilation of other genomic resources, go to http://epi.grants.cancer.gov/genomic-resources and http://surveillance.cancer.gov/research/statgenetics.html.