We can all agree that labs are being inundated with more and more tasks, more data-rich technologies, and the need to develop new strategies for dealing with this new reality. Just as we have become more efficient in managing our lives (think about the impact of smartphones), it’s important to apply similar[...]


Posted in Big Data, Bioinformatics, education, Lab7 ESP, L7 Informatics News, NGS101, provenance, white paper

Lab7 ESP Webinar Replay!

If you were unable to attend the Lab7 ESP webinar on June 16, there's no need to worry! We recorded the proceedings and have made them available to view here. To download more information about the Lab7 ESP, you can visit the Lab7 ESP page on this site, and click the download link at the bottom of the page. You can[...]


Posted in Bioinformatics, Lab7 ESP, L7 Informatics News, NGS, NGS101, webinar, Webinars

Chris Mueller, Ph.D., will provide an overview of Lab7's Enterprise Sequencing Platform (ESP) software, built to streamline operations of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) labs by integrating LIMS, analysis, data management, and reporting into a single "operating system" for your lab. In this webinar, Chris will:


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NGS 101: Biology is a BIG Data Problem

In a previous post, we talked about sequencing as a big data problem, with our focus on the scale of data generated by sequencing instruments. In this post, we'll look at the problem from the context of biology to help understand the fundamental reasons why sequencing will always be a big data problem.


Posted in NGS101

In the early days of next-generation sequencing, I was approached by a local R&D group about designing a cluster for their two new SOLiD instruments.  The budget was modest - tens of thousands of dollars - and the expectations were high - a run every ten days for each instrument, or one run a week for the lab.[...]


Posted in Big Data, Bioinformatics, HPC, Illumina, ION Torrent, NGS, NGS101

(First of all, let me welcome you to the Lab7 Systems blog, which will be full of our thoughts, insights, and musings for the scientific community and our users.  Enjoy the ride with us! – Varshal)


Posted in Big Data, Bioinformatics, NGS, NGS101, NIH Funding, Sequester, The NGS Market