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Question:
Will you do my bioinformatics project for free (QC, analysis, figure generation, methods text and review the manuscript) if I put you as a middle author on our paper?

Answer:

As much as we love doing bioinformatics on so many interesting biological problems, it is impossible to sustain a facility with personnel and computing power without charging for our services with a few exceptions.  When it comes to...

Question:
Why can't I just hire my own bioinformatician?
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Sequencing is cheap and getting cheaper. As a consequence of this, there is more and more data to analyze. Those institutions with the greatest resources: seed companies, pharmaceutical companies, government, have hired the bulk of the data...

Question:
How much does bioinformatics cost for my project?
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The amount spent on bioinformatics will be at least as much spent on sequencing and more likely double the cost.

The amount of sequencing data that can be generated continues to increase exponentially....