David, K. T., A. E. Wilson, and K. M. Halanych. 2019. Sequencing disparity in the genomic era. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36(8):1624-1627. 


Advances in sequencing technology have resulted in the expectation that genomic studies will become more representative of organismal diversity. To test this expectation, we explored species representation of nonhuman eukaryotes in the Sequence Read Archive. Though species richness has been increasing steadily, species evenness is decreasing over time. Moreover, the top 1% most studied organisms increasingly represent a larger proportion of total experiments, demonstrating growing bias in favor of a small minority of species. To better understand molecular processes and patterns, genomic studies should reverse current trends by adopting more comparative approaches.

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