How to deal with single reads from PE reads after trimming?
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9.7 years ago
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I have some single reads from paired-ended reads data after trimming the reads. Should I map these to the genome? For example, to use the same parameters as paired reads?

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You certainly can map them like the paired-end reads. The question becomes if it's worth your time to bother. If you don't have a lot of orphans like this, then you can just ignore them. If, however, you have a LOT of orphans (e.g., there was a problem with read #2) then you pretty much have to align the orphaned reads. Use the same settings as for the paired-end datasets (within reason).

Edit: I should add that the SE reads might map slightly differently than the PE reads. In many cases this isn't a problem. However if whatever you're doing is very sensitive to any bias then either compare the results with/without including the SE reads or at least ensure that the proportion of SE reads is approximately constant across samples (i.e., try to ensure that all of the samples have a similar bias).

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Thanks a lot!

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