Our institute director is a bioinformatician – so this could actually happen. But then again, none of my experimental colleagues would be as stupid as Prof Smith.
Originally posted on opiniomics:
“Ah welcome! Come in, come in!” said the institute director as Professor Smith appeared for their scheduled 2pm meeting. “I want to talk to you about your latest proposal”, the director continued.
“Oh?” replied Smith.
“Yes. Now, let’s see. It’s an amazing, visionary proposal, a great collaboration, and congratulations on pulling it together. I just have one question” said the director “This proposal will generate a huge amount of data – how do you plan to deal with it all?”
“Oh that’s easy!” answered Smith. “It’s all on page 6. We’ve requested funds to employ a bioinformatician for the lifetime of the project. They’ll deal with all of the data” he stated, triumphantly.
The director frowned.
“I see. Do you yourself have any experience of bioinformatics?”
Smith seemed uncertain.
“Then how will you be able to guide the bioinformatician, to ensure they are using appropriate tools? How…
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