At Omics! Omics! Keith Robison notes that some papers using Illumina sequencing don't include the read length used in the project and he adds that he'd like to see papers include error statistics by read position. He says including read length is interesting for two reasons: "First, it's useful for estimating what can be done with the technology, and second since read lengths have been increasing it is an interesting guesstimate of when an experiment was done." As for error statistics, Robison says that labs should be monitoring that information anyway and that "it also serves as an important reminder to consider the quality in how you are using the data.
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Dec 30, 2009