In Genome Technology a year ago, our cover story analyzed the growing trend of outsourced sequencing work. Researchers in the know contended that sequencing was getting to the point that oligo synthesis had reached some 10 years earlier: a process so routine — and cheap per reaction, but requiring expensive equipment — that it simply made sense to send samples to a vendor rather than handle them in-house.

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