SANTA-SIM: Simulating viral sequence evolution dynamics under selection and recombination

Jariani A, Warth C, Deforche K, Libin P, Drummond AJ, Rambaut A, Matsen FA, IV & Theys K

(2019) Virus Evolution 5, vez003.

Simulations are widely used to provide expectations and predictive distributions under known conditions against which to compare empirical data. Such simulations are also invaluable for testing and comparing the behaviour and power of inference methods. We describe SANTA-SIM, a software package to simulate the evolution of a population of gene sequences forwards through time. It models the underlying biological processes as discrete components: replication, recombination, point mutations, insertion-deletions, and selection under various fitness models and population size dynamics. The software is designed to be intuitive to work with for a wide range of users and executable in a cross-platform manner. ? The Author(s) 2019.

Andrew Rambaut, 2007