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    What is exactly an indexed bam file?
    I already have a bam file AND a bai file. Is this already an indexed bam file? I could successfully load it into IGV but did not manage to do with Tablet

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    The .bai file is the index to your bam file.

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      Yes I know but I can only load the bam file into tablet and not the index file

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      • #4
        As far as I know the index file is used to programmatically read the locations in your bam more efficiently, its not a separate entity.

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        • #5
          Generally you just need to keep the .bai file in the same directory as the bam file and any program that needs it will read it automatically.

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