We at Omics! Omics! are excited to announce today a new service which complements these traditional routes to validating a new sequencing platform. This offer is open to all sequencer platforms, whether they are the third (or fourth) chain terminator chemistry to hit the market or some exotic chemistry never before seen in the wild. All are eligible for this exciting new offering.
The premise for the service is simple All a manufacturer needs to do is deliver to Omics! Omics! (at an address we designate), one completely working instrument and all necessary accessories and reagents to run twenty samples. We'll agree not to reverse engineer anything, but no other agreements are necessary (to avoid tainting us with the suspicion of collusion), and to ensure our independence absolutely no money changes hands. We will then run samples of our choosing on the instrument, and report detailed statistics for every run in this space, eliminating the lag from traditional publication routes. We'll also make publicly available the data from a representative subset of the runs.
What sort of samples will we run? Well, it of course depends on the instrument's parameters (for example, is it intended for targeted or whole genome sequencing), but you can be sure we will find a variety of challenging samples. Cheek swabs from various members of the team. Heck, we'll even dig up the palatial grounds of Omics! Omics! central to find interesting samples.
But, as they say on TV, that's not all. We have several variants on the program for platforms trying to demonstrate a little extra. For example, if a manufacturer wishes to demonstrate their machine is suitable for field work, we can place it in our special test space which has no temperature control or even dust management. At a push of a button, we can even expose the system to the outside air (don't worry; the access door is protected by rolling code technology). Compact sequencers which will fit in the rear of our special test vehicle (and operate off standard 12V line) can be demonstrated to operate under difficult road conditions. Offering a USB stick device? We can put it through the wringer too!
As a special bonus, any manufacturers who register this month will be allowed to send us reagents sufficient for 50 samples! Imagine the immense credibility from such a large, independent dataset. Yet truly priceless, since we charge nothing for this service. How could anyone resist such an offer?