Four online resources for a healthy NGS information diet 2

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Any healthy diet has a good balance: regular ‘staples’, a fair amount of variety, and the occassional surprise ‘treat’.

For next-generation sequencing, the web offers unparalled information to keep up-to-date. Here is a short list of four sites that compose a healthy NGS diet – everyday staples and a lot of variety!

1. GenomeWeb and it’s specialty (yearly subscription fee) newsletter, InSequence. You may be already subscribed to the twice-daily GenemeWeb emails, but if you haven’t yet it is a worthwhile read. The InSequence newsletter comes out weekly on Tuesdays, and is great to learn the latest news, important new publications, and latest techniques.

2. SeqAnswers online forum. Moderated by two bioinformatics experts Eduardo Olivares and Nils Homer (and perhaps a few others I’m not aware of), this site is a must-read since its founding several years ago. All the major NGS platforms are represented, the most popular section is about bioinformatics, and there is a healthy online ‘critical mass’ of participation.

3. Weekly table of contents from Nature and Science, in case you are not a print subcriber already (or have ready access to them). I’ve thought seriously about subscribing off an on over the years, and invariably I’d foresee the scenario of every week the pile of unread journals growing ever higher! So in lieu of that, the ability to get emailed Table of Contents every weeks is a useful and very informative resource, even for the  serendipity of learning the latest goings-on about astrophysics or nanomaterials science. The monthly table of contents from Nature Genetics is also on my ‘must read’ shortlist.

4. A LinkedIn group called “Genomics: Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) and Microarray”, which has over 9K members (this is early 2012), and while it isn’t as focused as SeqAnswers it does have its own place.

Do you have another ‘must read’ site that I should know about? Please mention it in the comments!

About Dale Yuzuki

A sales and marketing professional in the life sciences research-tools area, Dale currently is employed by SeraCare Life Sciences as a Director of Market Development for Oncology. He assists the development team for NGS-based reference materials, engages key customers for feedback to further extend product development, represents SeraCare at tradeshows, writes technical notes and interviews, helps guide social media strategy and tactics, and keeps track of what is going on in the marketplace. For additional biographical information, please see my LinkedIn profile here: and also find me on Twitter @DaleYuzuki.