A Good Year for Genomics

The 'omics year in review.

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What amazes me most: not a

What amazes me most: not a single truly new idea was suggested in the field, no discoveries were made, all the noted achievement are just technical (cheaper sequencing with higher? accuracy?). The bombastic goal to sequence all living organisms is just laughable demonstrating low input, high throughput science not guided by ideas. Michael Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lerman, genomic Scrooge

Dr. Lerman, genomic Scrooge of the year!

Encode is the most important

Encode is the most important project in this year.

"JUST" cheaper sequencing

"JUST" cheaper sequencing with higher accuracy?
Sorry if it's not glamorous or revolutionary enough for you, but it means whole exome sequencing may be financially within reach for some of my patients who genuinely need it after they've tested negative for every known thing that remotely fits their symptoms. And getting a SNP array done in a reasonable length of time, with programs to help speed the analysis of regions of homozygosity, etc. is a meaningful advance in and of itself.

Are we forgetting the

Are we forgetting the possibilities that nano single molecule sequencing may bring?

Are we forgetting the

Are we forgetting the possibilities that nano single molecule sequencing may bring?

Typical academic (some would

Typical academic (some would say haughty) view of innovation. There is not a single new idea in what Apple does yet they seem to be affecting the lives of a lot of people in a positive way. I am amazed that as a self confessed Apple hater I am making a statement like this, but at least I am being open minded.

I disagree with Dr. Lerman.

I disagree with Dr. Lerman. These are, in fact, scientific discoveries. It is true that there are many fields, including these, that are being influenced by the newly developing tool of very fast and inexpensive DNA sequencing, but what is described here is not the development of that technology itself. This is no different from the flood of information that came to science about microorganisms on the heels of the development of the first microscope.