The long strings of # are a give away that this FASTQ is encoded in the standard Sanger format (Phred + 33). '#' is ASCII 35; if this was still Illumina format (Phred + 64) these would be 'B' which is the tell tale Illumina Quality Control Indicator. Do as maubp and others have suggested and add the -Q33 option to your fastx command. The fastq format is a common way to store sequence reads. mize elementary lunch menu
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