At the Loom, Carl Zimmer bemoans what he dubs the "Yet-Another-Genome Syndrome." Sequencing a genome, he writes, used to be different — it took forever to do and was a big deal when it came out — but with next-generation sequencing, it takes comparatively no time at all, yet they still generate tons of press releases and news articles. It's what comes after the sequencing, Zimmer says, that is interesting. "What remains truly exciting is the kind of research starts after the genomes are sequenced: discovering what genes do, mapping out the networks in which genes cooperate, and reconstructing the deep history of life," he writes, adding that "insights like these are newsworthy. The sequencing of those genomes, on its own, is not."
After the Sequence
Apr 06, 2010