fastq format

fastq or fastq.gz (compressed version) is used to store NGS data. A fastq file has at least one record, each record consists of four lines.
  1. ID, starts with @
  2. sequence
  3. End of sequence, starts with +
  4. Sequencing quality information. One ASCII encoded quality score per base.
A record’s sequence is called read.
Quality scores can be represented using three different encodings which use a different range of ASCII characters:
NameASCII character range
Sanger, Illumina >= v1.833-126
Solexa, Illumina < v1.359-126
Illumina v1.3 - v1.764-126

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