By Alexander Hay, the Institute’s Policy & Communications Consultant, talking with Andreas Hegar, CGAT.

This article is part of our series: Breaking Software Barriers, in which Alexander Hay investigates how our Research Software Group has helped projects improve their research software. If you would like help with your software, let us know.

Life Sciences often suffer from a lack of programming skills. This isn’t always a problem – you don’t need to know how to code in order to gauge the diurnal eating habits of squirrels,…

By Andreas Heger, CGAT Technical Director.

Today, biologists have access to high-throughput measurement techniques that can assay many variables or entities at the same time. One striking example has been the advent of massively parallel sequencing techniques in the form of next-generation sequencing (NGS).

While the sequencing of the human genome took more than ten years and cost billions of pounds just a decade ago, a researcher can now send off material to a sequencing service and expect the equivalent of multiple human genomes worth of data within a few weeks and for…

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