Expansion Hunter: a tool for estimating repeat sizes
There are a number of regions in the human genome consisting of repetitions of short unit sequence (commonly a trimer). Such repeat regions can expand to a size much larger than the read length and thereby cause a disease. Fragile X Syndrome, ALS, and Huntington's Disease are well known examples.
Expansion Hunter aims to estimate sizes of such repeats by performing a targeted search through a BAM/CRAM file for reads that span, flank, and are fully contained in each repeat.