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cement_head 11-22-2017 11:45 AM

Post-demultiplex adaptor removal?
If one has demultiplexed dual index reads on a MiSeq AND included "adaptor removal" as part of the demultiplexing (on instrument), should one also run the FASTQ files through an adaptor removal programme, or is this just overkill?

Biocomputronics 11-22-2017 01:00 PM

I would suggest running FastQC on the data. It is a program that measures a wide variety of quality metrics. That way you can see with your own eyes the data quality measures, including adapter sequence contamination.


GenoMax 11-24-2017 05:01 AM

@cement_head: If there are no remaining adapters then all you lost is some time. For miseq datasets you would need less than 30 min to scan/trim data with from BBMap. You can then be sure that there would be no extraneous sequences remaining in your data. Especially important if you were doing any de novo work. 12-01-2017 10:37 PM

I suggest fastp to do automatic adapter trimming, read filtering and quality control. fastp is developed in C++ with multi-threading support, it's ultra-fast.

fastp has following features:
1, filter out bad reads (too low quality, too short, or too many N...)
2, cut low quality bases for per read in its 5' and 3' by evaluating the mean quality from a sliding window (like Trimmomatic but faster).
3, trim all reads in front and tail
4, cut adapters. Adapter sequences can be automatically detected,which means you don't have to input the adapter sequences to trim them.
5, correct mismatched base pairs in overlapped regions of paired end reads, if one base is with high quality while the other is with ultra low quality
6, preprocess unique molecular identifer (UMI) enabled data, shift UMI to sequence name.
7, report JSON format result for further interpreting.
8, visualize quality control and filtering results on a single HTML page (like FASTQC but faster and more informative).
9, split the output to multiple files (0001.R1.gz, 0002.R1.gz...) to support parallel processing. Two modes can be used, limiting the total split file number, or limitting the lines of each split file.
10, support long reads (data from PacBio / Nanopore devices).

fastp creates reports in both HTML and JSON format.

HTML report:
JSON report:

fastp is an open source project at github:

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