bowtie mismatch 0 alignment output
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kt_b_93 ▴ 10

Hello there!

I'm a little confused with my output from bowtie (not bowtie2) and hoping someone may be able to clarify stuff for me. For my bowtie command I selected no mismatches using the flag -v 0. However, when I look at the output, many alignments in my sam file have XM:i:3 i.e. 3 mismatches in the alignment.

If anyone could please explain why the alignments have mismatches if I selected no mismatches in the command line it would be a great help!

Thanks

sequencing bam sam bowtie rna-seq • 342 views
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First of all, why not bowtie2?

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I'm aligning small RNAs, so bowtie is more appropriate

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Understood. I think you really should add that information to the post. About the mismatches. check this similar but really old post and this not that old one

There are many other posts and I won't stress showing you al of them, instead, you can google around. Good luck

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