Recent years have seen a tremendeous increase in the rate at which raw sequencing data is produced due to the reduced cost and improved technology of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms.
Many researchers across the globe are now adopting multiple "omics" (genome, transcriptome, proteome, epigenome, metabolome and microbiome) technologies to understand life and answer many biological questions.
The analysis of such large "multi-omics" datasets, however, does come with its challenges, especially to a Bioinformatics novice and researchers with little or no Bioinformatics background.
The challenges that come with Bioinformatics data analyses include: data transfer (from sequencing facility) and storage; selection and installation of appropriate tools; computational resources; working on the Linux/UNIX environment (most Bioinformatic tools are UNIX-based); creating scripts for handling inputs/outputs and repititive tasks; reproducing results; and sharing analyses methods with the research community. WitsBITS offers Bioinformatics services to assist researchers in and around the Wits community with their "multi-omics" datasets, from storage to analysis and biological interpretation.