Introducing BlobToolKit

The BlobToolKit project will develop software tools and protocols to aid in the separation of cobionts and removal of contaminants from genomic datasets prior to genome sequence assembly.

BlobToolKit follows on from the development of Blobology1 and BlobTools2 over the past few years in the Blaxter Lab at the University of Edinburgh. As development on BlobToolKit has only just begun, users interested in applying these approaches should continue to use Dom Laetsch’s BlobTools package directly until the methods are fully incorporated into BlobToolKit.

If you’d like to get in touch about any aspect of the project, please tweet us @blaxterlab or @rjchallis or email

Kumar et al. 2013. Blobology: exploring raw genome data for contaminants, symbionts and parasites using taxon-annotated GC-coverage plots. Frontiers in Genetics, 4:237

Laetsch & Blaxter 2017. BlobTools: Interrogation of genome assemblies [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]. F1000Research, 6:1287 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.12232.1)