The Broad to Lay Off 22

Due to a decrease to a genome sequencing center grant, the Broad Institute is laying off 22 staffers, the Boston Globe reports.

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"The centers previously

"The centers previously received an average $11 million each per year, but the renewal includes $14 million total per year." This appears to be reversed if the prior statements are true.

It's clearer in the Boston

It's clearer in the Boston Globe article: "Three sequencing centers across the country have received an average of $11 million per year under the grant, but under the renewed program, the total pot of money to be divided among the centers will be just $14 million per year," which means their funding dropped from around $11m/year each to slightly less than $5m/year - so almost a 65% cut.

Good addition, lwatkins. It

Good addition, lwatkins. It certainly isn't business as usual in this area. But then that's evolution.

Its interesting that

Its interesting that sequencing has followed moore's law in terms of cost, yet, grants are reduced slower than said law, yet labs aren't saving up on sequencing costs. This basically tell me that sequencing cost is purely a marketing screen of snake oil and that most research labs completely buy into it until reality bits them in the ars. Scientist want to do penny saving science... well here you go. The start convincing me lowering cost of sequencing has any clinical worth... Doesn't even do justice in research.

Sequencing costs are indeed

Sequencing costs are indeed dropping (machines, reagents). It is somewhat getting simpler as well but not that much. However, salary costs are not dropping. Even if they were using a $1 machine and $1 reagents, people are expensive.

Right, and so there are less

Right, and so there are less sequencing projects out there, or there is a complete unsaturated workflow that we cannot feed the machine fast enough ?