Friday, 8 February 2008

Cheap Genome Sequencing?

Cheap Genome Sequencing? Friday, 08 February 2008 Today the company Illumina, based in San Diego, California, announced that they had sequenced a person’s DNA for $100,000, although this has yet to be confirmed (see Company claims to have sequenced man's genome cheaply). This compares with last year’s announcement that 454 Life Sciences in Branford, Connecticut, had sequenced the genome of Nobel Prize winner James Watson in two months for under $1 million. In October, Chinese officials also announced they had sequenced an Asian man's genome for about $1 million. It is not clear how Illumina’s $100,000 price tag compares with 454’s $1 million tally, because neither company has explained what labour, reagents or analysis were included in these totals. Reference: Company claims to have sequenced man's genome cheaply Published online 8 February 2008 Nature doi:10.1038/news.2008.563 More about the State-of-the-Art of Genome Sequencing: The Race to Read Genomes on a Shoestring, Relatively Speaking NY Times - February 9, 2008 ......... ZenMaster


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