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.)