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Old 07-21-2019, 12:16 PM   #2
GenoMax
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At least one tool from BBTools suite is published. Here is the paper for BBMerge.

It is my understanding that BBTools were originally developed for internal use at JGI. JGI subsequently allowed Brian to make the software available for others to use.

It is more the case of journals not looking favorably on tools only papers. Even though "bwa" is published, "bwa mem" was thought not enough to justify a new paper of its own (I believe by journals and not Heng Li). Here is the biostars thread that discussed this. Everyone's favorite NGS QC program "fastqc" has not been published (and may never be) but it still has become the de facto standard package everyone uses.

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