→What is SAM: simplify and elaborate
== What is SAM ==
The '''SAM Format''' is a text format for storing
aligned reads in a series of tab delimited ASCII columns.
Most often it is generated as a human readable
projection of its sister [[BAM]] format, which can store data in a compact, indexed, binary representation .
The current definition of the format is at [[http://samtools.sourceforge.net/SAM1.pdf BAM/SAM Specification]].
== What Information is in SAM & BAM ==