Cambridge, Massachusetts. In a surprise twist, bioinformatician Heng Li is to publish the algorithm underlying his latest software, bwa-mem, as poart of his memoirs.
Heng wrote at great length last year on the difficulties he had faced publishing the software, identifying an unknown reviewer as being hostile and difficult. Dick Motson called for open review, and Darling Aaron responded. In what many saw as a triumph for open science, Heng responded to Darling’s review here.
However, it has now been revealed that Heng intends to bypass the peer-review process entirely and publish the software as part of his memoirs. The repackaged tool, titled BWA-MEMOIR, will sit alongside stories of working for Richard Durbin at Sanger, his joyous reaction to next-generation sequencing and the release of Maq, followed by fulfilment of a life-long dream when he joined The Broad Institute.