CLC Server
End User
USER MANUAL
Manual for
CLC Server 7.5.1
Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
November 12, 2015
This software is for research purposes only.
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Contents
1 Introduction
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2 Using the server from a CLC Workbench
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2.1 Installing relevant plugins in the Workbench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.2 Log into the server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.3 Browsing and searching data from the workbench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.3.1 Deleting data
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2.4 Running analyses on the server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2.5 Accessing files on, and writing to, areas of the server filesystem . . . . . . . . . .
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2.6 Monitoring processes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3 Using a web browser as client
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3.1 Browsing and searching data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3.2 Import and export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 Appendix
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4.1 CLC Genomics Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4.2 Biomedical Genomics Server Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 1
Introduction
Welcome to CLC Server 7.5.1, a central element of the CLC product line enterprise solutions.
The latest version of the user manual can also be found in pdf format at http://www.clcbio.
com/usermanuals.
You can get an overview of the server solution in figure 1.1. The software depicted here, including
CLC Server is for research purposes only.
Using a server means that data can be stored centrally and analyses run on a central machine
rather than a personal computer. Please see Chapter 4 for a listing of tools shipped with CLC
Servers.
After logging into the CLC Server from a Workbench, data on the server will be listed in the
Workbench navigation area and analyses can be started as usual. The key difference is that
when you are logged into a CLC Server from a Workbench, you will be get the choice of where to
run the analysis: on the Workbench or on the CLC Server.
This manual describes how to use a CLC Server as a Workbench user. For information about
administrating the server, please see the Administrator Manual.
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Figure 1.1: An overview of the server solution from CLC bio. Note that not all features are included
with all license models.
Chapter 2
Using the server from a CLC Workbench
2.1
Installing relevant plugins in the Workbench
In order to use the CLC Server from a CLC Workbench, you need to install the CLC Workbench
Client Plugin in the Workbench. This will allow you to log into the CLC Server, access data from
the CLC Server data locations and submit analyses to your CLC Server.
Plugins are installed using the Plugins and Resources Manager1 , which can be accessed via the
menu in the Workbench
Help | Plugins and Resources (
or via the Plugins (
)
) button on the Toolbar.
From within the Plugins and Resources Manager, choose the Download Plugins tab and click on
the CLC Workbench Client Plugin. Then click on the button labeled Download and Install.
If you are working on a system not connected to the internet, then you can also install the plugin
by downloading the cpa file from the plugins page of our website
http://www.clcbio.com/clc-plugin/
Then start up the Plugin manager within the Workbench, and click on the button at the bottom of
the Plugin manager labeled Install from File.
You need to restart the Workbench before the plugin is ready for use.
2.2
Log into the server
Once the plugin is installed, log into the server:
File | CLC Server Login (
)
That will bring up a login dialog as shown in figure 2.1).
The first time you log into the server, you have to expand the dialog by clicking Advanced. That
will allow you to enter the host and port for the server as shown in figure 2.2).
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In order to install plugins on many systems, the Workbench must be run in administrator mode. On Windows Vista
and Windows 7, you can do this by right-clicking the program shortcut and choosing "Run as Administrator".
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Figure 2.1: Expand the login dialog by clicking Advanced.
Figure 2.2: Specifying host and port.
In addition you can choose to save user name and password and automatically log into the server
when the Workbench starts.
Note that you need to get the login information from your server administrator.
When you press Login, the Workbench connects to the server. You will see a progress bar in the
login dialog. If the login is successful, the dialog will disappear, and you will be able to use the
server as described below.
2.3
Browsing and searching data from the workbench
Once you are logged in, the data locations on the server are shown in the Navigation Area
(Figure 2.3).
Once logged in, the server data locations can be used in the same way as local data locations.
We refer to the user manual of the Workbench for information about using the Navigation Area
(click the location and press F1 on the keyboard to get context help).
You may also wish to have a look at the search chapter, Searching your data, in the workbench
user manual (press F1 and look for Searching your data).
It is possible to have both local and server locations added at the same time. This means that
you can work on e.g. temporary sequences located on your own computer and then when you
have more complete results, you can drag the elements to a folder in the server location.
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Figure 2.3: Three server locations on the server appears in the Navigation Area (marked with blue
dots). The remaining five local folders are file locations in the Workbench that are independent of
the server.
Note that when logged in a CLC Server with a Biomedical Genomics Server Extension, you will
have in your Navigation Area two folders called CLC_References. The blue dot indicates which of
these repositories is installed on the server.
2.3.1
Deleting data
When you delete data located on the server, it will be placed in the Recycle bin ( ) in the same
way as when you delete data located on the Workbench. The data in the recycle bin can only be
accessed by you and the server administrator.
Please note that the server administrator might have configured the recycle bin to be automatically
emptied at regular intervals.
2.4
Running analyses on the server
The tools available on the different types of CLC Server are listed in section 4.1 and section 4.2.
For more information on the tools, please see the manual for the workbench at http:
//www.clcbio.com/usermanuals or click the Help ( ) button in the dialogs that are shown
when you run the tools.
When you run the analyses you will be faced with an initial dialog asking you where you wish the
analysis to be run:
• Workbench. Run the analysis on the computer the CLC Workbench is running on.
• Server. Run the analysis using the CLC Server. For job node setups, analyses will be run
on the job nodes.
• Grid. Submit the job to the CLC Server such that the job is then sent to be run on grid
nodes.
An example of such a dialog is shown in figure 2.4.
You can check the Remember setting and skip this step option if you wish to always use the
selected option when submitting analyses. If you change your mind later on and want to switch,
click Previous in the dialog when you start up an analysis. You will then be taken back to the
dialog where you can choose where the analysis should be run.
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Figure 2.4: Selecting where to run the analysis.
Launching an analyses to run on a CLC Server, or on grid nodes, is identical to launching the
same analyses to run on a Workbench, but there are three things to be aware of:
• You can only select data stored in locations configured on the server, with the exception
of running data import. This means that when you are given the option to choose the
data to use in an analysis, only server locations are shown. Further information about the
exceptional case of data import is provided below.
• You have to save the result. For single analyses run on the Workbench, you can normally
choose how to handle the results: Open or Save. Results from analyses performed on the
server must be saved, so the option to open the results instead of saving them will be
unavailable.
• When you click Finish, the analysis is submitted to the server to be handled. This means
that you can close the Workbench or disconnect from the server without affecting the
analysis. (See the notes on import below for an exception to this.) If an analysis has been
completed when your Workbench is closed, or while it is not connected to the server, you
will see a notification about this when you next log into the server from the Workbench.
Important note about data import to a server from a Workbench When using an import tool
(Figure 2.5) you are offered the option of importing data from a local area, that is, an area
accessible from the machine the CLC Workbench is running on, or from an area the CLC Server
has access to. When importing data into the server from an area the CLC Server has access to,
you can close your Workbench or disconnect it, right after submitting the job. However, when
importing data from your local system to a server, the first part of the import involves uploading
the data from the local system to the server system. During the upload phase, the Workbench
must maintain its connection to the server. If you try to close the Workbench during this phase,
you will see a warning dialog. You can see what stage tasks are at by opening the Processes tab
in the lower left corner of the Workbench. Data upload from the Workbench to the server runs as
a local process in the Processes tab. When the upload is done, a new process for the import is
started. This will have a server icon. At this point, you can disconnect or close your Workbench
without affecting the import.
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Figure 2.5: Import tools are found under this menu in the Workbench.
2.5
Accessing files on, and writing to, areas of the server filesystem
There are situations when it is beneficial to be able to interact with (non-CLC) files directly on
your server filesystem.
A common use case would be importing high-throughput sequencing data or large molecule
libraries from folders where it is stored on the same system that your CLC Server is running on.
This could eliminate the need for each user to copy large data files to the machine the CLC
Workbench is running on before importing the data into a CLC Server data area.
Another example is if you wish to export data from CLC format to other formats and save those
files on your server machine's filesystem (as opposed to saving the files in the system your
Workbench is running on).
From the administrator's point of view, this is about configuring folders that are safe for the CLC
Server to read and write to on the server machine system.
This means that users logged into the CLC Server from their Workbench will be able to access
files in that area, and potentially write files to that area. Note that the CLC Server will be
accessing the file system as the user running the server process - not as the user logged into the
Workbench. This means that you should be careful when opening access to the server filesystem
in this way. Thus, only folders that do not contain sensitive information should be added.
Folders to be added for this type of access are configured in the web administration interface
Admin tab. Under Main configuration, open the Import/export directories (Figure 2.6) to list
and/or add directories.
Figure 2.6: Defining source folders that should be available for browsing from the Workbench.
Press the Add new import/export directory button to specify a path to a folder on the server.
This folder and all its subfolders will then be available for browsing in the Workbench for certain
activities (e.g. importing data functions).
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The import/export directories can be accessed from the Workbench via the Import function in
the Workbench. If a user, that is logged into the CLC Server via their CLC Workbench, wishes
to import e.g. high throughput sequencing data, an option like the one shown in figure 2.7 will
appear.
Figure 2.7: Deciding source for e.g. high-throughput sequencing data files.
On my local disk or a place I have access to means that the user will be able to select files
from the file system of the machine their CLC Workbench is installed on. These files will then
be transferred over the network to the server and placed as temporary files for importing. If the
user chooses instead the option On the server or a place the server has access to, the user is
presented with a file browser for the selected parts of the server file system that the administator
has configured as an Import/export location (an example is shown in figure 2.8).
Figure 2.8: Selecting files on server file system.
Note: Import/Export locations should NOT be set to subfolders of any defined CLC file or data
location. CLC file and data locations should be used for CLC data, and data should only be added
or removed from these areas by CLC tools. By definition, an Import/Export folder is meant for
holding non-CLC data, for example, sequencing data that will be imported, data that you export
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from the CLC Server, or BLAST databases.
Note that your server administrator needs to configure the server to import files directly from the
server file system.
2.6
Monitoring processes
You can monitor processes running on the server or the local Workbench by opening the
Processes tab at the bottom left of the Workbench. This tab is next to the Toolbox tab. A list of
submitted and running processes (see figure 2.9) will be visible there.
Figure 2.9: Monitoring processes.
Processes running on the server will have a server icon ( ) whereas processes running locally
have icons specific to the analysis being run, for example ( ) and ( ). In the image, you can
also see that two of the server processes are queued.
Server processes that are queued or running will reappear in the Workbench processes tab if
you restart the Workbench (and log into the server). Server processes that are finished when
you close the Workbench will not be shown again in the processes tab when you restart your
Workbench.
Chapter 3
Using a web browser as client
Besides using the CLC Workbench as a client, you also have access to the server from the web
interface. The web interface gives you access to browsing and searching data and importing and
exporting data.
Simply type the address of the server into your browser, followed by the port number, and you
will see a login dialog similar to what is shown in figure 3.1 (you will need to get information from
your server administrator about the server address).
Figure 3.1: The web interface of the server.
3.1
Browsing and searching data
To the left, you will see the data locations connected to the server. You can browse the folder
hierarchy of the data location. When you click an element in the tree, a number of options are
available:
• Click the Element Info ( ) tab to see the properties of this element. Note that you can
edit the information in this view.
• Click the History (
) tab to see the history of this element.
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• Click the Sequence Text (
works for sequences)
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) tab to see a textual representation of this element (only
An example of a protein sequence in the text view is shown in figure 3.2.
Figure 3.2: Inspecting the text view of a protein sequence.
Note that these views are a subset of the views that you find in the CLC Workbench.
3.2
Import and export
It is possible to import from and export to the server If you wish to import data from the server,
click Import ( ) and select the relevant data. Leave the file import format to 'Automatic' and
press the 'Import File' button (Figure 3.3 and Figure 3.4).
You can also put data into the import/export directories: Select the data you wish to export and
click Export ( ). Next, tick 'Save on server' and select the folder where you want the data to be
(see figure 3.5 and figure 3.6).
Click the button labeled Export. The server will automatically recognize the file format and
interpret the file.
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Figure 3.3: Importing a sequence from the server.
Figure 3.4: Importing molecules from the server.
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Figure 3.5: Exporting sequences to the server.
Figure 3.6: Exporting molecules to the server.
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Chapter 4
Appendix
4.1
CLC Genomics Server
The CLC Genomics Server is shipped with the following tools and analyses that can all be started
from CLC Genomics Workbench and CLC Server Command Line Tools:
• Import
• Export
• Download Reference Genome Data
• Classical Sequence Analysis
Create Alignment (Alignments and Trees)
K-mer Based Tree Construction (Alignments and Trees)
Create Tree (Alignments and Trees)
Model Testing (Alignments and Trees)
Maximum Likelihood Phylogeny (Alignments and Trees)
Extract Annotations (General Sequence Analysis)
Extract Sequences (General Sequence Analysis)
Motif Search (General Sequence Analysis)
Translate to Protein (Nucleotide Analysis)
Convert DNA to RNA (Nucleotide Analysis)
Convert RNA to DNA (Nucleotide Analysis)
Reverse Complement Sequence (Nucleotide Analysis)
Reverse Sequence (Nucleotide Analysis)
Find Open Reading Frames (Nucleotide Analysis)
Download Pfam Database (Protein Analysis)
Pfam Domain Search (Protein Analysis)
• Molecular Biology Tools
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Assemble Sequences (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Assemble Sequences to Reference (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Secondary Peak Calling (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Find Binding Sites and Create Fragments (Primers and Probes)
Add attB Sites (Cloning and Restriction Sites - Gateway Cloning)
Create Entry clone (BP) (Cloning and Restriction Sites - Gateway Cloning)
Create Expression clone (LR) (Cloning and Restriction Sites - Gateway Cloning)
• BLAST
BLAST
BLAST at NCBI
Download BLAST Databases
Create BLAST Database
• NGS Core Tools
Sample Reads
Create Sequencing QC Report
Merge Overlapping Pairs
Trim Sequences
Demultiplex Reads
Map Reads to Reference
Local Realignment
Create Detailed Mapping Report
Merge Read Mappings
Remove Duplicate Mapped Reads
Extract Consensus Sequence
• Track Tools
Convert to Tracks
Convert from Tracks
Merge Annotation Tracks
Annotate with Overlap Information (Annotate and Filter)
Extract Reads Based on Overlap (Annotate and Filter)
Filter Annotations on Name (Annotate and Filter)
Filter Based on Overlap (Annotate and Filter)
Create GC Content Graph Tracks (Graphs)
Create Mapping Graph Tracks (Graphs)
Identify Graph Threshold Areas(Graphs)
• Resequencing Analysis
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Create Statistics for Target Regions
InDels and Structural Variants
Coverage Analysis
Basic Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
Fixed Ploidy Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
Low Frequency Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
Annotate from Known Variants (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Filter against Known Variants (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Annotate with Exon Numbers (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Annotate with Flanking Sequences (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Filter Marginal Variant Calls (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Filter Reference Variants (Annotate and Filter Variants)
Compare Sample Variant Tracks (Compare Variants)
Compare Variants within Group (Compare Variants)
Fisher Exact Test (Compare Variants)
Trio Analysis (Compare Variants)
Filter against Control Reads (Compare Variants)
GO Enrichment Analysis (Functional Consequences)
Amino Acid Changes (Functional Consequences)
Annotate with Conservation Score (Functional Consequences)
Predict Splice Site Effect (Functional Consequences)
Link Variants to 3D Protein Structure (Functional Consequences)
Download 3D Protein Structure Database (Functional Consequences)
• Transcriptomics Analysis/ Expression Analysis
Create Track from Experiment
RNA-Seq Analysis (RNA-Seq Analysis)
Extract and Count (Small RNA Analysis)
Annotate and Merge Counts (Small RNA Analysis)
Create Box Plot (Quality Control)
Hierarchical Clustering of Samples (Quality Control)
Principal Component Analysis (Quality Control)
Empirical Analysis of DGE (Statistical Analysis)
Proportion-based Statistical Analysis (Statistical Analysis)
Gaussian Statistical Analysis (Statistical Analysis)
Create Histogram (General Plots)
• Epigenomics Analysis
Transcription Factor ChIP-Seq
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Annotate with Nearby Gene Information
• De Novo Sequencing
De Novo Assembly
Map Reads to Contigs
• Legacy Tools
Probabilistic Variant Detection (Legacy)
Quality-based Variant Detection (Legacy)
ChIP-Seq Analysis (Legacy)
The functionality of the CLC Genomics Server can be extended by installation of Server plugins.
The available plugins can be found at http://www.clcbio.com/server_plugins.
Latest improvements
CLC Genomics Server is under constant development and improvement. A detailed list that
includes a description of new features, improvements, bugfixes, and changes for the current
version of CLC Genomics Server can be found at:
http://www.clcbio.com/products/clc-genomics-server-latest-improvements/.
4.2
Biomedical Genomics Server Extension
The Biomedical Genomics Server Extension can run all the tools and analyses available from
both Biomedical Genomics Workbench and CLC Genomics Workbench as well as the pre-installed
workflows from Biomedical Genomics Workbench.
Here is the list of the tools of the Biomedical Genomics Workbench that can be started from
Biomedical Genomics Workbench and CLC Server Command Line Tools:
• Import
• Export
• Download Reference Genome Data
• Genome Browser
Create GC Content Graph (Graphs)
Create Mapping Graph (Graphs)
Identify Graph Threshold Area (Graphs)
• Quality Control
QC for Sequencing Reads
QC for Target Sequencing
QC for Read Mapping
• Preparing Raw Data
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Merge Overlapping Pairs
Trim Sequences
Demultiplex reads
• Resequencing Analysis
Identify Known Mutations from Sample Mappings
Trim Primers of Mapped Reads
Extract Reads Based on Overlap
Map Reads to Reference
Local Realignment
Merge Read Mappings
Copy Number Variant Detection
Remove Duplicate Mapped Reads
Indels and Structural Variants
Whole Genome Coverage Analysis
Basic Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
Fixed Ploidy Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
Low Frequency Variant Detection (Variant Detectors)
• Add Information to Variants
Add Information from Variant Databases
Add Conservation Scores
Add Exon Number
Add Flanking Sequence
Add Fold Changes
Add information about Amino Acids Changes
Add Information from Genomic Regions
Add Information from Overlapping Genes
Link Variants to 3D Protein Structure
Download 3D Protein Structure Database
Add Information from 1000 Genomes Project (From Databases)
Add Information from COSMIC (From Databases)
Add Information from Clinvar (From Databases)
Add Information from Common dbSNP (From Databases)
Add Information from Hapmap (From Databases)
Add Information from dbSNP (From Databases)
• Remove Variants
Remove Variants Found in External Databases
Remove Variants Not Found in External Databases
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Remove False Positive
Remove Germline Variants
Remove Reference Variants
Remove Variants Inside Genome Regions
Remove Variants Outside Genome Regions
Remove Variants Outside Targeted Regions
Remove Variants Found in 1000 Genomes Project (From Databases)
Remove Variants Found in Common dbSNP (From Databases)
Remove Variants Found in Hapmap (From Databases)
• Add Information to Genes
Add Information from Overlapping Variants
• Compare Samples
Compare Shared Variants Within a Group of Samples
identify Enriched Variants in Case vs Control Group
Trio Analysis
• Identify Candidate Variants
Identify Candidate Variants
Remove Information from Variants
Identify Variants with Effect on Splicing
• Identify Candidate Genes
Identify Differentially Expressed Gene Groups and Pathways
Identify Highly Mutated Gene Groups and Pathways
Identify Mutated Genes
Select Genes by Name
• Expression Analysis
Extract Differentially Expressed Genes
RNA-Seq Analysis (RNA-Seq Analysis)
Create Fold Change Track (RNA-Seq Analysis)
Extract and Count (Small RNA Analysis)
Annotate and Merge Counts (Small RNA Analysis)
Create Box Plot (Quality Control)
Hierarchical Clustering of Samples (Quality Control)
Principal Component Analysis (Quality Control)
Empirical Analysis of DGE (Statistical Analysis)
Proportion-based Statistical Analysis (Statistical Analysis)
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Gaussian Statistical Analysis (Statistical Analysis)
Create Histogram (General Plots)
• Helper Tools
Extract Sequences
Filter Based on Overlap
• Cloning and Restriction Sites
Add attB Sites (Gateway Cloning)
Create Entry clone (BP) (Gateway Cloning)
Create Expression clone (LR) (Gateway Cloning)
• Sanger Sequencing
Assemble Sequences (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Assemble Sequences to Reference (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Secondary Peak Calling (Sequencing Data Analysis)
Find Binding Sites and Create Fragments (Primers and Probes)
• Epigenomics Analysis
Transcription Factor ChIP-Seq
Annotate with Nearby Gene Information
• Legacy Tools
Probabilistic Variant Detection (Legacy)
Quality-based Variant Detection (Legacy)
The functionality of the CLC Server can be extended by installation of Server plugins. The available
plugins can be found at http://www.clcbio.com/server_plugins.
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