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Old 10-16-2015, 08:55 AM   #5
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The base quality will be significantly improved if you fully overlap your reads for amplicon sequencing. see for a comparison of the sequence quality for different lenghts of 16s sequencing.

If you're interested in very small number of base differences, you absolutely need to fully overlap. If you need 5-10% differences, maybe you could get away with not fully overlapping. But the cost difference between the 2 kits is only a couple of hundred $, your downstream computation time will be much much greater with marginal sequences which likely will cost thousands rather than hundreds

ETA-my cost estimate for computational time is based on 16S, I've never dealt with any of the cancer panels so don't know how significantly poor quality bases would impact your results

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