Overview:

The goal of the modern genomics researcher is not simply to build genomics tools or even to gather genomic data. Instead, the ultimate objective is to further scientific knowledge – to better understand human disease, plant and animal genetics, microbial ecology or evolution. The genomics researcher or bioinformatician seeks a deeper understanding of the science; better research tools are only a means to this end. A number of complex steps are involved in genomic sequencing, including platform or vendor selection, sample preparation, sequencing, data management and bioinformatics. Each of these individual processes bears its own learning curve, and a failure at any step could cripple downstream results. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) innovations have lowered a number of barriers that once stood between the researcher and the creation of new genomic knowledge. Because of these br

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