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cd $SCRATCH/core_ngs/alignment
ls fastq
gunzip -c fastq/human_rnaseq.fastq.gz | echo $((`wc -l`/4))

A word about real splice-aware aligners

Using BWA mem for RNA-seq alignment is sort of a "poor man's" RNA-seq alignment method. Real splice-aware aligners like tophat2 or star have more complex algorithms (as shown below) – and take a lot more time!

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RNA-seq alignment with bwa aln

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