In response to recent suppositions reverberating in the blogosphere, Keith Robison at Omics! Omics! says that "plenty of genomes are still fair game for sequencing." In contemplating what makes a genome "interesting," Robison says that its history, evolution and development, and biochemical makeup come to mind. Overall, the blogger says that while he understands that "it is easy for those of us in the biology community to see the longer threads connecting these projects to human health, or just the importance of pursuing curiosity, but that doesn't always sell well in public," he still finds "it odd that some [biologists] don't see the import and utility of sequencing many, many humans and a lot of vertebrates also. He adds, "Personally, I can't stroll a country fair without wanting to sequence just about everything I see on display."
Sequencing for Curiosity's Sake
Nov 02, 2010