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Your Destiny Costs Five Thousand Dollars

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We have come a long way from the discovery of the gene to the current status of complete genome sequencing for five thousand bucks.

Starting next spring, a complete human-genome sequence can be ordered for just $5,000, thanks to a new sequencing service announced by Complete Genomics, a startup based in Mountain View, CA. The stunning price drop–sequencing currently costs approximately 20 times that amount–could completely change the way that human-genomics research is done and open up new possibilities in personalized medicine. Researchers say that a $5,000 genome would enable new studies to identify rare genetic variants linked to common diseases, and it could open up the sequencing market to diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies, making genome sequencing a routine part of clinical drug testing.

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Written by Elgie Shepard

October 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

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