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Writing in Nature, Kelly Rae Chi examines the changing landscape of genome sequencing, and what it means for related careers. "The job of a 'sequencer' is changing fast within core facilities — the university hubs dedicated to sequencing — as well as in individual labs and companies," she writes, adding that as the sequencing process becomes more and more automated, many labs are looking to employ in-house programmers to analyze their data.

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