The BED format is employed as default for describing reads produced in a Flux Simulator run by the genomic regions from which they are originating. Reads that fall partially in the poly-A tail are truncated to their respective content of genomic sequence.In contrast, reads that fall completely into the poly-A tail are described to be located on the special reference sequence 'poly-A'. The 12 tab-separated fields specified for the BED format are:

1chromStringThe name of the chromosome (e.g. chr3, chrY, chr2_random) or scaffold (e.g. scaffold10671).
2chromStartIntegerThe starting position of the feature in the chromosome or scaffold. The first base in a chromosome is numbered 0.
3chromEndIntegerThe ending position of the feature in the chromosome or scaffold. The chromEnd base is not included in the display of the feature. For example, the first 100 bases of a chromosome are defined as chromStart=0, chromEnd=100, and span the bases numbered 0-99.
4nameStringDefines the name of the BED line. This label is displayed to the left of the BED line in the Genome Browser window when the track is open to full display mode or directly to the left of the item in pack mode.
5scoreIntegerUnused, set to '0'
6strand[+\-]The absolute directionality of the read; '+' denotes the same directionality as the reference sequende, '-' denotes that the read sequence is a reverse-complement of the reference sequence.
7thickStartIntegerUnused, set to '.'
8thickEndIntegerUnused, set to '.'
9itemRgb[0-9]+,[0-9]+,[0-9]+Unused, set to '0,0,0'
10blockCountIntegerNumber of alignment blocks for the read. Usually 1, but 2 or more in the case of reads that split-map.
11blockSizescomma-separated listA comma-separated list of the block sizes. The number of items in this list should correspond to blockCount.
12blockStartscomma-separated listA comma-separated list of block starts. All of the blockStart positions should be calculated relative to chromStart. The number of items in this list should correspond to blockCount.


chr1 2082 2503 chr1:4847775-4887990W:NM_001159750:1:2668:917:1137:S/2 0 - 0 0 0,0,0 2 8,28 0,393

In this example, the complete region of the read spans from 2083 (note the 0-base in BED format) to position 2503 (which is the first excluded position in BED format and therefore directly translates to the last included position in a 1-based coordinate system) on the reference sequence chr1. The the read alignment is split in two parts, one from 2083 to 2083+8-1=2090, and the other one from 2083+393=2476 to 2476+28-1=2502. The 4th field encodes the read ID, more information about Flux Simulator read identifiers can be found in the Sequencing Section.

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