Validation of Genomic Data becomes Crucial

One reason why the genomic revolution is not yet as advanced as many had hoped is the huge amount of variability between individual genomes and challenges surrounding data validation.

At a recent meeting of Human Genome Organization (HGM) in Montpelier, France a number of presentations noted the widespread variation among human genomes that are challenging the current high throughput technologies.

Validation protocols for the 100 sample genomes required to win the Archon Genomics X Prize will require highly sophisticated bioinformatics software to capture this inter-individual variability. Simply conceiving of such variability mentally is already enough to give one a headache!