Kraken 2 preprint

Derrick Wood, Jennifer Lu and Ben Langmead posted a preprint describing the Kraken 2 software tool, written by Derrick.  Compared to the popular metagenomics read classification tool, Kraken 1, Kraken 2’s memory usage is several-fold smaller, allowing more reference genomes to be used at once. Kraken 2 is about 5-fold faster than Kraken 1, and adds a translated search mode for better sensitivity when classifying viruses.  Like Kraken, Kraken 2 works well with the Bracken tool for abundance estimation.  Please take a look and let us know of any software issues in Kraken 2 GitHub issues section.

Derrick was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Langmead Lab in 2014–2015, and is now a Principal Scientist at Personal Genome Diagnostics in Baltimore.  Jennifer is a PhD student with Steven Salzberg at JHU.


Published:September 8, 2019

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