Another example of the critical importance of data sharing in immune profiling and the need for data standards in the recent editorial “No Sample Left Behind” in Nature Biotechnology, 33(10). Explicit mention of the AIRR Community May Meeting (through a link to PDF of the schedule) means that not only do people think this is important, but the AIRR Community is starting to see some recognition.
I love this quote from the article: “For the moment, however, cross-insitutional efforts remain the exception rather than the rule. For immune profiling research to truly fulfill its potential, now is the time for the community to come together and agree on standardized sample collection and storage and the benefits of pooling data. We must open up the freezers and unlock the data. No sample should be left behind.“