Category Archives: Genomics

A Question About Oxford Nanopore and the Cost Model

This is the first mention of how much the much-vaunted Oxford Nanopore sequencing technology might cost (boldface mine): Oxford Nanopore said last month that it plans to make the MinIon sequencer commercially available through the MinIon Access Program. Customers need … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Promises of Big Genomics

Last week, David Dobbs wrote a piece about Big Genomics, in which he took a critical look at the Human Genome Project (‘HGP’). Below are some thoughts about his piece and ‘Big Genomics'; this shouldn’t be construed as a ‘response': … Continue reading

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A Visual Image of What “Understand the Limitations of Your Data” Means

One of the things I’ve repeated on this blog a few times is people have to like this crap you have to understand the limitations of your data. In a good Nature piece about how the problems with using p-values … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding the Progression of Big Science

In an interesting article about large-scale science projects (aka ‘Big Science’), Tim Requarth wrote this, which seems to have received a lot of support in the intertoobz (or at least the Twitterz; boldface mine): But here may be the real … Continue reading

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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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