Mike the Mad Biologist

One of the issues I’ve discussed repeatedly is how resources–money–need to be shifted from data generation to data processing and analysis. This report about the Earth Microbiome Project, which will characterize 10,000 environmental (e.g., soil, water) samples is encouraging. Someone must have learned something from the last few years of microbiome work:

The sequencing aspect of the project is estimated to only account for about 10 percent of the total cost, with analysis and computation making up the bulk of the expense, said Meyer.

More like this please.