Why So 'Weary'?

Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains why he has grown somewhat tired of genomes.

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You know, Carl, you may have

You know, Carl, you may have the "ho-hum" approach to genome science, but us newbies were ecstatic when we got the first beetle genome a few years ago. We're still trying to find the right questions/approaches to ask, enough to keep me excited and busy until I kick the bucket, not even mention the new beetle genomes that are in the pipeline. Given that beetle species are the most prolific, sometimes problematic pests, and at the same time wondrous creatures, I think that we can wow even skeptic Carl in the future.

Carl, please do not expect

Carl, please do not expect headline stuff every now and then from genomics. Genomics has given me another important perspective in understanding what's going on inside a cell. I am excited too. The news is that we are all going to get drowned in genomic data in the next couple of years and let us learn to swim!

With all due respect to Mr.

With all due respect to Mr. Zimmer, and with sincere appreciation for the interest he takes in our field, we scientists must remember that journalists are not the appropriate judge of the value of our work and their interest should not be the criterion to which we optimize our research programs.

Interesting how so many

Interesting how so many people reject Carl's view on YAGS. The reality is that the genomic bubble is dead even before its ability to exist, why, overpromising and data marketing. Never have scientist been using so much firepower to release to little hard and social changing results.

This being said, all this genome sequencing reminds of that lab 20 years ago, who had budget and were able to get their hands on an old ABI slab machine. That lab basically serviced dozens or more other labs for free only to publish funny short bits of sequences. It was kind of a joke for a few years, just stick DNA in it and publish... completely useless. Much like Yags.

In fairness, I hope we find the cure to the next beetle cancer... or how DNA is changing a cell (someone help me out here, single sequencing has been going on for how long ?) or how you would rather the general public be the judge of research investment return as the Republicains did when they laugued out loud about Polar Bear genomic for 3 million $$$, would you want Santorum or Zimmer to remind you how whole genome is getting tiresome. Just ask the new NIH funding panels on GWAS studies.

Hey guess what, I heard a new region of DNA is susceptible to oesteoporosis, wow, I would have never guessed that !