Looking into the dominance of Illumina Sequencing in Human samples stored in the Sequence Read Archive (SRA)
I work in biology research, specifically bioinformatics - managing data analysis for high throughput DNA sequencing. Like many labs, we use sequencing machines made by Illumina - this company is pretty dominant in the field and I was interested in just how much data has been produced on these machines.
The Sequence Read Archive is a resource where sequencing data from publications can be uploaded and made available to other researchers. I looked into the metadata associated with these samples to find out how widespread Illumina data is.
Remember that this is for fun only, so don’t take it too seriously! You can see the raw script that generated it here. I’ve dropped a couple of images in below for those who want the quick overview..