Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Attention: Your $1000 Genome Has Arrived

With the unveiling by Illumina of its Hi Seq X combination of machines yesterday, we've now got the technology to sequence a human genome for $1000. The $1000 genome has been an industry goal for some years now, and seemed tantalizingly close last year. But now, it seems, it's arrived. Sequencing at that price level (the current level is $10,000) will, of course, make sequencing much more common. Goodbye, genetic privacy. Hello, debates about data control and access. Everyone better go read the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues's new report on incidental findings. We're going to have quite a few.

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