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- HLHeng Li
wrote most of the initial source codes of SAMtools and various converters.
- BHBob Handsaker
A major contributor to the SAM/BAM specification. He designed and implemented the BGZF format, the underlying indexable compression format for the BAM format. BGZF does not support arithmetic between file offsets.
- JRJue Ruan
Designed and implemented the RAZF format, an alternative indexable compression format. RAZF is no longer used by or provided with SAMtools. Source code remains available in older SAMtools 0.1.x releases and from the standalone branch in the repository.
- CHColin Hercus
updated novo2sam.pl to support gapped alignment by novoalign.
- PDPetr Danecek
contributed the header parsing library sam_header.c and sam2vcf.pl script.