Looking forward to your reportage from Marco Island.
BTW, Complete Genomics scaled back their goal to *only* 5K genomes this year.
Thanks for that - I forgot all about their official downgrading. I've fixed up the post.
Totally unrelated, but I have a question about model organisms in genetics.
Bdelloid rotifers are able to incorporate foreign DNA into their genome. Given that this happens, what is their status as potential model organisms for genetic research? What are the pros and cons of using them to study mechanisms surrounding, say, recombination, or using them as genetic engineering model organisms?
I guess Keith is right. GET may actually be the only conference with all the genomes ever done........
Maybe not. Time will tell. Will they really get 5000k full coverage, useful genomes?
It will be a little tough to judge if they will truly get 5,000 full coverage genomes. Due to the nature of their business (selling services as opposed to instruments) there is no way to tell how many instruments they possess and what type of true scalability they have. Additionally, the sheer computing power to store and analyze 5,000 genomes in a year is mind-boggling. Approaching from just the storage angle, one would likely need somewhere from 5-30 TB (that's 5,000-30,000 GB) per genome (assuming 50X coverage) just to archive the data. Multiply that by 5,000 and one can begin to see the sheer scale needed to undertake such an ambitious project.
I, for one, will be interested to see if they can deliver.