Category Archives: Genomics

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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When Epidemiology Conflicts With Rapid Diagnosis: Whither/Wither Clinical Genomics?

What Scary Disease Lady (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’) wrote a couple of weeks ago about the clinical shift from culturing microorganisms to rapid diagnosis that removes the need to grow the disease-causing critter is very important (boldface mine): To get diagnoses … Continue reading

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The Phrase That Makes Bioinformaticians Grind Their Teeth: Another Short-Read Genome Assembler

Michael Barton laments the state of bioinformatics software: Grants are harder and harder to obtain, yet we fund the current attrition of moving bioinformatics software forward one reinvention at a time. Where else is it acceptable to reinvent a tool … Continue reading

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Forget Genomics, Just Do the Genetics That We Know How to Do: The Rape Kit Edition

As genomics becomes cheaper and more accessible, the torrent of articles debating and discussing its effects on human health will only increase. My contribution to this genre is to argue that microbial genomics is also critical, and, in the short … Continue reading

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There Is a Microbial Genomics Market and It Is Not a ‘Niche’

Or it shoudn’t be. Last week, a good article summarizing the status of Pacific Biosciences (‘PacBio’) made the rounds in science/genomics bloggysphere–this is a pretty good summary of what PacBio can currently do (boldface mine): Turns out, PacBio didn’t die. … Continue reading

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