Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Need a way to find useful data in the increasing stack of NGS studies? NGS catalog is a good starting point

With NGS technologies rapidly spreading and costs rapidly falling, we are now facing an amazing acceleration in the publication of new studies taking advantage of the increadible power of DNA sequencing. They range from ChIp-seq to whole genome resequencing, with exome sequencing and RNA-seq as the more widely used applications. All these studies produce a huge amount of data that are often publicly available to the scientific community.
But too much data could be as bad as no data, if researchers are unable to find the useful information within the huge amount of ACGT present in databases. The idea of a searchable database on NGS-relates studies is a really valuable one and such a resource could save you a lot of time. The idea just became a reality thanks to the NGS catalog web portal. This resource has been created by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN and is described in the latest issue of Human Mutation. Give it a try!

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