Denoising Amplicon Sequence Data Using USEARCH and UNOISE3

During the Introduction to Metagenomics Summer Workshop we discussed denoising amplicon sequence variants and worked through Ben Callahan’s DADA2 tutorial. During that session, I mentioned several other approaches and algorithms for denoising or clustering amplicon sequence data including UNOISE3, DeBlur and Mothur.

Downloading Amplicon Sequence Runs from the NCBI SRA

A collaborator recently asked if I could help pull down a few thousand sequence files from the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA) for a secondary analysis. This is a short post primarily to help me (and hopefully others) remember how to do this once you have a set of SRR IDs of interest.