Category Archives: Genomics

Ion Torrent Makes a Move: Bacterial Epidemiology

I’ve argued repeatedly that the obvious, near-term commercialization of genomics isn’t human genomics, but microbial genomics: …microbial genomes are cheap, fast, and you can provide epidemiologically relevant information to clinical laboratories, hospital networks, and public health departments. I’m not arguing … Continue reading

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I Have Your Genomics Killer App Right Here, Pal

When I first saw this TechCrunch article “Genomics Needs A Killer App“, I thought it was April Fool’s Day come early (an aside: how about funding the applied genetics we already know to do? Just asking). But in fact, it … Continue reading

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High Quality Bacterial Genomes Are About to Get Cheaper

I think. This seems like good news from PacBio (boldface mine): With regard to sequencing runs, as was the case in the previous three years, we expect to deliver another ~4-fold increase in throughput, reaching >4 Gb of data per … Continue reading

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The Closing of Microbial Genomics Data?

This post will have to be a little vague, but from my vantage point, I’m seeing two disturbing trends in terms of microbial genomics. For those who aren’t the cognoscenti, the weird thing about open access data arguments for anyone … Continue reading

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Finally, Someone Realizes There’s Money to Be Made in Microbial Genomics

Even though most genomics-related business ventures seem to focus on human-related issues, I’ve argued that using genome sequencing to do clinical microbiology is not a ‘niche’ or a minor market: On the other hand, microbial genomes are cheap, fast, and … Continue reading

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All Your Microbiome Are Belong to Platypus: The Perils of Plug-and-Chug Analysis

By way of the Twitterz, we come across this fantastic poster (embiggened version here): To translate from Genomics, to examine the microbiome–the microorganisms that live on or in a certain habitat (e.g., your gut or skin, the surface of your … Continue reading

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Not to Flog the Genetic Testing Horse…

Oh, who are we kidding? We love to flog metaphorical horses. Anyway, there’s an interesting article about non-invasive genetic testing that looked at the accuracy of determining if prenatal genetic testing could accurately identify if a child would have Trisomy … Continue reading

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