Processing 16S data
Processing 16S data
An informal primer about 16S rRNA amplicon data
About the Book
My goal for this document is to help you understand the theory behind 16S data processing. I want you to be able to do the analysis that makes the most sense for you. There are pipelines that make data analysis easy and simple. I aim to show you how the sausage is made. The entire data collection process, from sample collection to OTU calling, is discussed, with particular emphasis on preparing raw sequencing data for OTU calling and on selection of OTU calling methodology.
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- What this document is for
- Who this document is for
- What this document is not
Where 16S data comes from
- The 16S gene
- Getting DNA from a sample
- Amplifying the gene
- The amplified DNA is not exactly like the original DNA
- Multiplexing helps evaluate contamination (or other weirdness)
Data processing theory
- Raw data and metadata
- Overview of the processing pipeline
- Details of each step
- An abridged history of the OTU
- Why call OTUs?
- OTU calling is not the same as lineage assignment
- Common and uncommon OTU-calling methods
- File formats
- Existing tools
- Your own tools
- Some early challenges
- Pipeline tutorials
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