Oxford Gene Technology (NGS provider currently listed on Genohub) recently presented the results of their next gen sequencing survey which demonstrated targeted resequencing as the top use for next generation sequencing. The results are based on a survey of 596 researchers who responded regarding their current and expected use of NGS services. When compared to the results for whole genome sequencing the popularity of targeted resequencing is possibly attributed mostly to the lower cost of targeted resequencing. This infographic depicts the results:
Other interesting results point to a general data problem with 38% of respondents saying they lack trust in bioinformatics data. Bioinformatics also leads the field when researchers were asked about the biggest barrier to NGS usage (see below).
Undoubtedly this presents an immense opportunity for the bioinformatics sector to increase confidence in data accuracy and interpretation which could have a positive impact on the use of next gen sequencing as a whole.
You can find many more interesting survey results on the excellent infographic titled Oxford Gene Technology – NGS Survey 2013.