If you follow the science bloggysphere, especially after a genomics conference, you will often come across the phrase “next generation sequencing”, often abbreviated to “NGS.” It typically refers to sequencing technologies that can generate massive amounts of sequencing relative to old-school, dideoxy Sanger sequencing.
What I don’t get is why we’re still calling it NGS. I can understand using the term in 2006 or so, as we were moving from the ‘Sanger world’ and adopted these then-new technologies. At that time, NGS was a real breakthrough. But in 2013, these are standard technologies.
Maybe it’s time we just call them “sequencing”?
Though that sounds a lot less sexy.