Software Surfeit


While people tend to look for the most cutting-edge software, when it comes to informatics tools for comparative genomics, "cutting edge" is a relative term. Everything is a moving target — experimental tools are constantly evolving, which means data quality and types change, which in turn affect the types of questions researchers can ask, which then lead to new demands on software and analytics pipelines. There are also no large commercial entities rolling out new editions of the same handful of tools year after year as genomics matures.

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