Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simon Lin Talk

Sequencing Outsourcing: Northwestern Experience

An overview of the needs and costs of running your own sequencing rather than simply outsourcing.

In-house: Numerous costs, need of additional staff, need of storage and analysis computers, et cetera.

Outsource: lower cost, access to bioinformatics, etc.

Need to consider cost, quality, and the impact to "internal culture/image/students"

Lose at least some of the control by outsourcing. (However, re-analysis of the data itself is obviously possible.) But tweaks and changes can't really be made with outsourced analyses.

They have a 454 (four-fifty-four... or is it four-five-four? I've always called it four-five-four.)