Part IV. Assembling the details and making the case for a novel paramyxovirus
This is the fourth in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in a mosquito. In this part, we take a look at all the evidence we can find and try to figure out how a gene from a virus came to be part of the Aedes aegypti genome.
One of my readers asked: Why does genome sequencing cost so much?
My short answer is because it's big.
But I thought it would be fun to give a better answer to this question, especially since I'm sure many of you are wondering the same thing.
Okay, so let's do some math.
Don't worry, this math isn't very complicated and I'll explain where most of the numbers come from.
Estimating costs from salaries
First, we'll take the easy route. My experience with grant budgets has taught me that the greatest cost for any project comes from salaries. If ... Read more