SECNVs: A Simulator of Copy Number Variants and Whole-Exome Sequences From Reference Genomes. Academic Article uri icon


  • Copy number variants are duplications and deletions of the genome that play an important role in phenotypic changes and human disease. Many software applications have been developed to detect copy number variants using either whole-genome sequencing or whole-exome sequencing data. However, there is poor agreement in the results from these applications. Simulated datasets containing copy number variants allow comprehensive comparisons of the operating characteristics of existing and novel copy number variant detection methods. Several software applications have been developed to simulate copy number variants and other structural variants in whole-genome sequencing data. However, none of the applications reliably simulate copy number variants in whole-exome sequencing data. We have developed and tested Simulator of Exome Copy Number Variants (SECNVs), a fast, robust and customizable software application for simulating copy number variants and whole-exome sequences from a reference genome. SECNVs is easy to install, implements a wide range of commands to customize simulations, can output multiple samples at once, and incorporates a pipeline to output rearranged genomes, short reads and BAM files in a single command. Variants generated by SECNVs are detected with high sensitivity and precision by tools commonly used to detect copy number variants. SECNVs is publicly available at

published proceedings

  • Front Genet

altmetric score

  • 10.33

author list (cited authors)

  • Xing, Y., Dabney, A. R., Li, X., Wang, G., Gill, C. A., & Casola, C.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Xing, Yue||Dabney, Alan R||Li, Xiao||Wang, Guosong||Gill, Clare A||Casola, Claudio

publication date

  • January 2020