CombineGVCFs vs. MergeVcfs
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Hello,

I work on merging GVCF files. Each sample has undergone HaplotypeCaller, and GVCF files were created by chromosome. Now, I have 24 GVCF files per sample and I want to merge them into a single GVCF file per sample. Eventually, I am going to use GVCF files in GenomicsDBImport and then do GenotypeGVCFs for joint calling.

To merge GVCFs, some papers have done this by using MergeVcfs (as in https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04965-x) and some resources recommend CombineGVCFs. What is the efficient way to merge GVCFs: using CombineGVCFs or MergeVcfs?

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CombineGVCFs : is used to combine GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGvcfs files . See https://gatk.broadinstitute.org/hc/en-us/articles/360035531812-VCF-Genomic-Variant-Call-Format

while MergeVcfs is only used to combine VCF files.

So if you generated GVCF, you'll need CombineGVCFs followsed by GenotypeGVCFs

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in the supplemental materials of that UKBB paper they actually do mention MergeVcfs but it must be a typo

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