Why fastq?

So far, you have been introduced to the ShortRead package with useful tools for the initial stages of short-read sequence analysis. As a summary, the main functionalities of this package are:

  • Data input
  • Quality assessment
  • Data transformation
  • Access to downstream analysis

In this context, you have been exposed to two different file types: fasta and fastq.

What do you think is the reason to use fastq formatted files?

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