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In his response to a recent Forbes article — which makes projections about the future of sequencing and profiles Ion Torrent's Jonathan Rothberg — Mike the Mad Biologist stresses that a "sequencing revolution" and a "genomics revolution" are not one and the same. Sequencing, he says, "is the easy part." Even assembly is no longer the strenuous task it once was.

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