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DrD2009 11-06-2009 11:36 AM

BLAT settings for 17bp sequences?
Hello everyone,

I am trying to align 17bp sequences to a genome using the command line version of BLAT and was wondering if anyone could help me out on the proper settings for these particular sequence lengths? I have tried the default settings and -tileSize=6 -stepSize=1, both resulted in no or very few (<20) alignments.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

DrD2009 11-17-2009 11:45 AM

Nevermind. I figured it out.

sklages 11-17-2009 11:28 PM

And *what* did you figure out? This might be interesting for people facing the same "problem".

DrD2009 11-18-2009 07:41 AM

Apologies, you are correct.

I found that the following settings work for finding sequences smaller than 20 base pairs in length. Although it works, I'm not sure if I would recommend it. I was processing a file for days and eventually ended the processing and took a recommendation to use Bowtie instead.

command line:
blat database query -minScore=0 -tileSize=6 -stepSize=1 -fine output.psl

Unless you have a fairly small set of data to run I would not recommend using these settings unless you have a lot of time to process the files.

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