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Picard is an open-source command line tool for manipulating high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data. It is primarily developed by the Broad Institute as part of the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) project. Picard's main purpose is to handle and process genomic data in various formats, such as BAM and VCF. The tool offers a wide range of functionalities, including validation, reformatting, sorting, indexing, and merging of HTS files. Picard employs efficient algorithms and data structures to ensure fast and accurate processing of large-scale genomic datasets. It comes with several modules that cater to specific requirements such as removing duplicates, recalibrating base quality scores, and marking PCR duplicates. Additionally, Picard provides utilities to collect and summarize important metrics from HTS data, aiding in quality control and downstream analysis. The tool also supports specialized features like Interval Manipulation and Liftover, making it versatile for different genomics research workflows. Picard is highly configurable, enabling users to customize parameters and filters according to their specific experiment or analysis needs. Furthermore, it has an extensive and well-documented user guide, along with an active community, ensuring reliable support for users.

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