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OTU QC: PhiX spike-in

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  Quality control for OTU sequences

A PhiX spike-in is used for Illumina sequencing of amplicon libraries for 16S and other marker genes. Then, PhiX is typically found in around 5% of the raw reads. Often, these are filtered before you see the FASTQ files, but not always, and third-party PhiX filtering software may not be accurate. In usearch, PhiX search is based on the ublast algorithm, and is very sensitive.

The search_phix command can be used for searching and the filter_phix command can be used for filtering.