Human Genome sequenced for $60,000

“WHEN the cost of sequencing a human genome gets down to the price of a family car, then the era of personalised genomics will truly be upon us. This was the prediction from James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, in an interview with New Scientist (20 October 2007, p 58) last year.

Well, it’s getting close. Last week, Applied Biosystems of Foster City, California, announced that it had sequenced the genome of a Nigerian man at a cost of less than $60,000, excluding labour. “We are committed to pushing the limits of this technology,” says Shaf Yousaf of Applied Biosystems. ‘These prices will come down further in the next year or two.'”

 

Full article here: Human Genome sequenced for $60,000

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