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apredeus 12-08-2012 07:35 AM

High percentage of N calls in the library
hello all,

I've discovered an peculiar feature in the libraries that I'm working with using FastQC

The percentage of "N" calls is dramatically higher for base #11. It's at ~ 10% level (as opposed to << 1 % for all other positions). This persists across several libraries and it's always the base #11. The reads are 42 nt long.

Does this mean there was some problem with the instrument? Can't imagine it would be something in the library construction...

Otherwise base call Phred scores are in good to excellent range. The library is also very repetitive.

MeganS 12-08-2012 10:53 AM

I think this is likely an issue during sequencing rather than library prep. We see a similar thing occasionally and when it occurs it is always seen in all samples that were run together in a lane, but not in other samples that had libraries prepared at the same time.

apredeus 12-08-2012 03:27 PM

Thank you. That's kind of what I thought.

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