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Recent Bioinformatics News

September 3, 2019

Andrew Severin will be presenting at the University of Iowa on September 4th about "Transforming big data into informative data to accelerate scientific discovery"

May 31, 2019

Rick Masonbrink from the Genome Informatics Facility gives a presentation on the Soybean Cyst Nematode Genome he has worked on for the last several years.

April 2, 2019

Andrew Severin gave a 4 minute lightning talk about the Bioinformatics Workbook describing the problem it attempts to solve and invites researchers to suggest topics or collaborate in creating this resource.

March 19, 2019

AMES, Iowa – It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle for which all the pieces are identical, but with only one solution.

April 10, 2018

The Seriola dorsalis genome project and sustainable aquaculture are discussed on this podcast with host Jorge Salazar interviewing GIF scientists Arun Seetharam and Andrew Severin about their work on this project.  Have a listen.

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Due to concern over the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, GIF staff and personnel are working remotely.  We will continue to operate, however, all meetings will be performed remotely.  If you need immediate assistance, please call (515) 294-1320 or email gifhelp@iastate.edu.  

The Genome Informatics Facility (GIF) of the Iowa State University Office of Biotechnology provides bioinformatics services for investigators within academia, industry and government.  If you have questions about a bioinformatics project you can contact us at gifhelp@iastate.edu.  If you would like to submit a request for bioinformatics services please submit your request at gif.biotech.iastate.edu/users or click on the above link Bioinformatics Service Request Form


Our fees for service rates can be found here.  As a general rule of thumb: The amount spent on bioinformatics will be at least as much spent on sequencing and closer to double the cost.  

This will ensure that you have enough budgeted to run the bioinformatics analysis, produce full documentation through a github repo required for reproducibility and generate figures, methods, results text for a paper.  The basis for this estimation is that the amount of sequencing data that can be generated continues to increase exponentially.  As data increases so does the complexity of the questions that can be answered with the data. As data and complexity increases the cost of bioinformatics increases.  It is easy to underestimate the cost of bioinformatics.