Exome sequencing protocol

The exome-sequencing data referred to on this website were analyzed using tools and workflows provided by Genome Quest including processes for mapping (HS3), SNP calling and annotation of variants. Our analysis focused on novel variants, which were not positioned in repetitive sequence, had expected allele ratios (>0.95 for homozygous variants and >0.2 for heterozygous variants), and displayed sufficient locus coverage (at least 5X for homozygous variants and 10X for heterozygous variants) for effective mutation discovery. High priority was given to protein coding or splice variants within mapped regions, as well as unique variants that were not found in other exome data sets or in the Sanger Mouse Genomes Database. Following these analyses, re-sequencing of additional mutant and unaffected samples was performed to validate and determine the most likely causative mutation