Question: When Hard clipping is used instead of the Soft clipping ?
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22 months ago by
2012secondseason20 wrote:

Hi all. The documentation for Samtools is minimal at best. I'm still confused on the concept of a clipped read.

I know that there are many explanations here that soft clipped bases are present in SEQ unlike hard clipped bases. But it's insufficient. In what cases, use H instead of S ??


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 22 months ago by Devon Ryan94k • written 22 months ago by 2012secondseason20
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22 months ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum126k wrote:

in bwa, HARD clipping is used for supplementary reads.

Information (full read sequence) is still available in the primary alignment.

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22 months ago by
Devon Ryan94k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan94k wrote:

This is purely up to the program creating the file, which is why this isn't described in the samtools documentation. A good example of a time when most programs would hard-clip a read is if they remove known adapter sequence. It's then not worthwhile including that sequence in the output. One could also think of hard-clipping regions when they're part of supplemental alignments (I've seen both hard and soft-clipping for that, though the former is probably more useful).

ADD COMMENTlink written 22 months ago by Devon Ryan94k

2012secondseason, for example, BWA mem gives you some control how you'd like to have the clipped sequences represented - you can toggle between soft and hard clipping using the -Y option. There used to be an option to remove soft clipping altogether, but that seems to have changed its meaning (at least comparing the online manual to the command line description)

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