Archive | November 18, 2011

Buying Instruments or Outsourcing the Service. What do you Prefer?

The poll did run since September 14th. 36 readers did submit their votes.

  • 22,5% prefer buying an instrument for their NGS applications.
  • 25% think that outsourcing depends strongly on the project itself.
  • 50% share our opinion that outsourcing is the preferred method. As already posted in September it seems that many instruments are used far below their actual capacity. Since expertise in next generation sequencing, sample preparation and handling improves by regular working with the instruments, the real advantage of having the sequencer in the lab is limited. Based on this it might be more efficient to invest the research funds in a more effective way.