Genetics 2019 Feb; 211(2):495-502
R/qtl2 is an interactive software environment for mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in experimental populations. The R/qtl2 software expands the scope of the widely used R/qtl software package to include multiparent populations derived from more than two founder strains, such as the Collaborative Cross and Diversity Outbred mice, heterogeneous stocks, and MAGIC plant populations. R/qtl2 is designed to handle modern high-density genotyping data and high-dimensional molecular phenotypes, including gene expression and proteomics. R/qtl2 includes the ability to perform genome scans using a linear mixed model to account for population structure, and also includes features to impute SNPs based on founder strain genomes and to carry out association mapping. The R/qtl2 software provides all of the basic features needed for QTL mapping, including graphical displays and summary reports, and it can be extended through the creation of add-on packages. R/qtl2, which is free and open source software written in the R and C++ programming languages, comes with a test framework.
Broman, Karl W; Gatti, Daniel M; Simecek, Petr; Furlotte, Nicholas A; Prins, Pjotr; Sen, Śaunak; Yandell, Brian S; and Churchill, Gary, "R/qtl2: Software for Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci with High-Dimensional Data and Multiparent Populations." (2019). Faculty Research 2019. 41.