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Zimtblatt 07-11-2021 05:13 AM

New to 16S Seq on MiSeq
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Hello Everyone!

I'm Zimtblatt and I am happy to have found this community.

I'm from a biology background and have been analyzing 16S data (obtained from a sequencing company) for a previous project with QIIME.

Now I am working in a lab that is using a MiSeq for other purposes and the idea is that I establish the 16S RNA sequencing on the MiSeq for analysis of human fecal samples there.

By now I have prepared a library (V4 primers, library prep according to the Illumina 16S protocol, 5% PhiX spike-in) and did a first run on the MiSeq (v2nano, 2 x 250).
The run looks much worse than the data we obtained for the previous project from the sequencing company (which is probably exceptionaly clean), but I am not sure whether the data quality is so bad, that it is a problem (QC>30 is 76.8%, for more information please see attachments) that should be tackled at the library prep/sequencing step or whether I can cope with the data by filtering.
I can only say, that the quality control step in QIIME2 (with dada2) takes much longer, in fact so long, that my laptop is unable to cope and I get an error message.

If the data quality is not good enough, the next questions are, how to improve sequencing and library prep. The run does not look overclustered (875 K/mm2). Should I consider increasing PhiX spike-in? (According to recent posts, a high PhiX spike-in does not seem to be necessary any more with up-to-date Illumina software).
Please let me know, if you need any further information.

I am fully aware that these are very basic questions and I would be happy about links to reliable resources, for learning these basics.

Thank you very much for your help!

kind regards,


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