GeneVetter: a web tool for quantitative monogenic assessment of rare diseases.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Bioinformatics, Volume 31, Issue 22, p.3682-4 (2015)


asb, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Humans, Internet, Nephrotic Syndrome, Rare Diseases, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Software


<strong>UNLABELLED: </strong>When performing DNA sequencing to diagnose affected individuals with monogenic forms of rare diseases, accurate attribution of causality to detected variants is imperative but imperfect. Even if a gene has variants already known to cause a disease, rare disruptive variants predicted to be causal are not always so, mainly due to imperfect ability to predict the pathogenicity of variants. Existing population-scale sequence resources such as 1000 Genomes are useful to quantify the 'background prevalence' of an unaffected individual being falsely predicted to carry causal variants. We developed GeneVetter to allow users to quantify the 'background prevalence' of subjects with predicted causal variants within specific genes under user-specified filtering parameters. GeneVetter helps quantify uncertainty in monogenic diagnosis and design genetic studies with support for power and sample size calculations for specific genes with specific filtering criteria. GeneVetter also allows users to analyze their own sequence data without sending genotype information over the Internet. Overall, GeneVetter is an interactive web tool that facilitates quantifying and accounting for the background prevalence of predicted pathogenic variants in a population.

<strong>AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: </strong>GeneVetter is available at

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<strong>SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: </strong>Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.