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Old 05-18-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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It's all about the perceived risk to the bottom line, a bit like how printer manufacturers do everything in their power to stop you using third-party ink cartridges or topping up your toner.

I think it's time sequencing companies embraced the fact that scientists are born tinkerers and used that to their advantage. Access to as much information as possible may mean we can develop protocols that enable new types of sequencing experiments to be done. The resulting paper is going to be free marketing for that instrument. Also, having all the info indexable by Google is going to encourage users without machines to try and plan out their own experiments and maybe buy an instrument in future.

A good example would be the single-strand transcriptomics protocol developed at the Sanger.

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