Use one few genes instead of reference genome in mapping
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bcube ▴ 10

Hi.

My aim is to generate a phylogenetic tree from my analysis.

For this, I have a reference genome and Illumina reads of multiple samples.

I was thinking of using my own gene list generated from sequences downloaded from NCBI instead of using a reference genome for mapping.

Is this approach correct or do you guys have a simpler way?

Any suggestion will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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That is in essence not a bad approach, though it will also be sub-optimal (to some extent). The issue here being that when you only use a subsample to map your reads on you will never be sure perhaps some of the reads that align to your subsample would not have had a better (== true ) match against the rest of the genome/transcriptome. In theory you will have the same bias for all your samples so that might even it out a bit, but not eliminate it.

Bottom line: there is a risk to over-count the number of reads that map

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Understood. Will use a reference genome. Thanks.

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Mapping to a truncated reference runs the risk of forcing reads to align where they do not belong. Don't do this. Align to a proper reference that contains all of the expected sequence.

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Thank you very much. I will use the reference genome for mapping.

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