should barcode in scRNAseq be deleted when demultiplexing
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Binghong ▴ 20

I demultiplex fastq files using the demultiplex program ,and find the result didn't delete barcode, I want to ask if it is necessary to delete the barcode in RNAseq. any suggestion is appreciated!

demultiplexing scRNAseq • 1.2k views
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the barcode is in the first 8bp of sequence in read 2

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If you have already demultiplexed your samples I see no reason for you to keep the barcode information. Unless you plan to do some kind of barcode error correction (e.g. hamming distance collapsing). Having a random 8-mer present in your sequences will definitely bias any downstream alignments. Again, assuming that this read 2 is being aligned to the genome/transcriptome.

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thanks for your apply, I want to ask if the different length of read 1 and read2 will influence the analysis that follows when the barcode is deleted from read2

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The effect should be minimal.

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thanks for your apply!

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