Bioinformatics is at the heart of modern biological research, especially so in whole genome studies and second generation sequencing (2GS) data analysis.
However, when looking at the methods section of a 2GS paper the space dedicated to describing the bioinformatics is severely disproportional to the amount of work that was actually taken up doing the bioinformatics. It is therefore easy to misjudge the contribution from bioinformatics to a biological papers.
This misconception is also fulled by omnipresent commercial companies claiming that a full bioinformatics analysis of 2GS data can be done by a single easy to use program at the push of a button, which would indeed make the bioinformatics analysis a simple service task.
While bioinformaticians are ready to make circumstantial cases of how bioinformatics is important to produce data of higher quality or rescue noisy data, I could not find a substantial body of evidence showing how bioinformatics are increasingly contributing to biological science as researchers not service personnel. (E.g. growing number of bioinformaticians as first/last authors in nature/science/cell papers).
Can anyone suggest how to convincingly make a case that bioinformatics is not just a service but a proper research area that is significantly contributing to modern biology?