QUAST-LG is an extension of QUAST intended for evaluating large-scale genome assemblies (up to mammalian-size).

QUAST-LG will be included in the upcoming QUAST 5.0 release. Currently you can try the release candidate in the master branch of our GitHub repo. Run QUAST as usual and do not forget to add ‐‐large option to your command!

Short list of the new features:

  • Significant speed up achieved by both use of new fast aligner (minimap2) and the refactoring of alignment analysing modules
  • New k-mer-based completeness and correctness metrics
  • BUSCO added for enhanced reference-free analysis
  • Concept of upper bound assembly (theoretical limits on the assembly completeness and correctness for a given genome and set of reads)

We benchmarked QUAST-LG on six eukaryotic datasets assembled by the leading genome assembly software. Below you will find information about the datasets, links to raw reads and ready assemblies, and QUAST-LG reported (created using pre-release github branch)

  1. Yeast (S. cerevisiae, genome size: 12.1 Mbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and PacBio); assemblies (4 +UpperBound, 18 Mb); report
  2. Yeast (S. cerevisiae, genome size: 12.1 Mbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and Oxford Nanopores from Istace et al., 2017); assemblies (3 +UpperBound, 15 Mb); report
  3. Worm (C. elegans,genome size: 100.3 Mbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and PacBio); assemblies (4 +UpperBound, 152.5 Mb); report
  4. Fruit fly (D. melanogaster, genome size: 137.6 Mbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and mate-pairs); assemblies (6 +UpperBound, 283.5 Mb); report
  5. Human HG004 (H. sapiens, genome size: 3 Gbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and mate-pairs, see links and description in ABySS 2.0 study github page); assemblies are from Jackman et al., 2017 (FTP link to the assemblies);  our UpperBound assembly, 888.5 Mbreport
  6. Human HG001 (H. sapiens, genome size: 3 Gbp): reads (Illumina pair-ends and Oxford Nanopores, see links and description in MaSuRCA blog); assemblies made by Canu developers (direct link to the assembly), MaSuRCA developers (direct link to the assembly), and Flye developers (direct link to the assembly); our UpperBound assembly, 832 Mbreport

Please help us to make QUAST-LG better by sending your comments, bug reports, and suggestions to .