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Spurious insertions being called by HaplotypeCaller?

David_RDavid_R United StatesMember

I just called variants from the same bwa-generated bam file using 1) samtools/bcftools and 2) HaplotypeCaller.

Downstream analysis indicated that a particular locus looked interesting, but only in the GATK output. When I looked up the position in the vcf files, the samtools vcf file showed no variant at this position while the GATK vcf file showed a single nucleotide insertion.

Viewing the bam file in IGV shows no insertion at this site and very good read depth (>100x) and mapping quality. There is an insertion 10nt away

Is there anything known that might cause such behavior? Are there any parameters in HaplotypeCaller that might make insertion assignments more likely?

Thank you

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  • David_RDavid_R United StatesMember

    Yes, there are reads in the region with softclipped ends, so I guess using the option "--dontUseSoftClippedBases" would be the test here. And I think I understand why softclipped reads are considered by HaplotypeCaller by default. If I look turn on soft clipped bases in IGV, I can see the same insertion in both our "case" pooled sample and "control" pooled sample. This seems like a good illustration of why I should try using joint haplotype calling, yes?

  • SkyWarriorSkyWarrior TurkeyMember ✭✭✭
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