Problem with Bio.SeqIO
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haasroni • 0

Hi! I am having an unexplained problem with the code I wrote, using SeqIO of Biopython. I am doing several filtering steps for a fastq file using this code:

def extract_from_fastq(fq, output_fq):
"""
Takes a fastq file, examines each read using all the above functions, and writes to a
:param fq: the fastq file
:param output_fq: the output fastq file after filtering
"""
input_iterator = SeqIO.parse(fq, "fastq")
#goes over each record and tests if the read meets the requirements
short_iterator = (rec for rec in input_iterator if filter_by_quality(rec.letter_annotations["phred_quality"]) \
and filter_by_single_nucleotide_appearance(rec.seq) and filter_by_long_stretches_repeats(rec.seq))
#writes to a new file after the conversion to a fastq format again
SeqIO.write(short_iterator, output_fq, "fastq")


The problem is that the created file sometimes includes only the last record (the last 4 lines of the input fastq), so I assume it is overwritten in each iteration. However, sometimes it does work and I get all records in one file!

Any idea why is this and how to avoid it?

Thank you!!

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Looks okay to me. Is output_fq an output filename or output file handle? Are you sure the SeqIO.write(..) is called only once on a single file (output_fq) in your code (it should)?

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Yes, the output_fq is an output filename and I do call only once the SeqIO.write(..). Thank you for your help!