Bowtie is an ultrafast, memory-efficient s … Bowtie is an ultrafast, memory-efficient short read aligner. It aligns short DNA sequences (reads) to the human genome at a rate of 25 million reads per hour on a typical workstation with 2 gigabytes of memory. Bowtie indexes the genome with a Burrows-Wheeler index to keep its memory footprint small: 1.3 GB for the human genome. It supports alignment policies equivalent to Maq and SOAP but is much faster: about 35x faster than Maq and over 350x faster than SOAP when aligning to the human genome. an SOAP when aligning to the human genome.