The Sequenced Genome As Commodity

“For the price of a sports car,” writes Mark Anderson in IEEE Spectrum, “you can have a pint of your blood drawn and a month later receive your entire genome—all 6 billion base pairs—encoded in a 1.5-gigabyte data file. That means the price has dropped to 1/50 000 of what it was less than a decade ago (the first genome, after all, cost US $3 billion). Yet the price is expected to fall to 1/1000 of the current price in the next four years.

“The cultural ramifications of a $100 genome—which is where we’re headed, whether it takes 4 years or 10—are as wide and deep as those of any other recent innovation, including search engines and cellphones.”

See more in Genome As Commodity.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

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