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Bioinformatics: Should I Outsource or Should I Hire Locally?

You are a researcher and your research project includes a bioinformatics component. You were trained primarily as an experimental scientist when you were a Ph.D. student and a postdoc, thus bioinformatics is not exactly your cup of tea. Now, as a Principal Investigator (PI) or group leader, you wonder which option suits you better: outsourcing the bioinformatics component of the project to a company, or having someone (e.g., one of your students or postdoc trainees) try to do it locally?

This question was brought up time after time again by researchers when I consulted at AccuraScience, which is what prompts me to write up this piece to summarize all considerations involved, to assist in your decision making.

This piece includes five sections. Please click the links to read on:

1. When you should use local persons to do your bioinformatics work: Part 1
2. When you should use local persons to do your bioinformatics work: Part 2
3. When you should outsource the bioinformatics work
4. How do you choose the “right” bioinformatics service company/team?
5. Is local collaboration a good option?
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Read Section 1: When you should use local persons to do bioinformatics work: Part 1

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