What’s the Answer? (unglamorous tasks)

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Heh. Ok, so it’s not all glamour–this discussion made me laugh. Posed in the forum:

Forum: What do you waste your time on

Like in everything else we do, the 80%-20% rule works great in bioinformatics. What is your 80% of the time wasted on? I can suggest: 1. converting accession numbers between databases 2. parsing output The bottom line of the post is how to avoid these time consuming tasks.


Converting accession numbers and file formats was pretty popular. But the pointing-to-documentation one made me chuckle too. Go see the full spectrum of bioinformatics glory duties.