Is Our Data Any Good?


We are usually so excited about our projects that as soon as we get data from a new experiment, we can't wait to analyze it. We want to find out as soon as possible whether it supports our hypothesis or which genes play a role in our favorite process. It's not until the answer is unexpected or a "maybe" that we generally start to question the quality of our analytical inputs. But as we get a bit more experienced and more systematic, we're trying to make quality control preliminary steps for analysis rather than just part of the post--mortem examination.

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