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Personalized Genetics: Towards the 100$ Genome

Please don’t forget to contribute to the database of real clinical examples I’m currently working on. Anyway,  I should create something like an RSS feed for all the interesting news and announcement I usually find in the field of individualized medicine.  But now I’m going to try to share some of them with you:

What makes the sequencing of Watson’s genome different from that of Venter’s? It’s the technology. Watson’s genome was sequenced using one of the next generation sequencing technologies (454), which allows much more sequencing bang for the buck. This isn’t a $1000 genome, but it’s a step in that direction.

The current study involves a much larger sample number of 120,000, which will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of 25 diseases through examining single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and a comprehensive number of copy number variants (CNVs).

The rapidly falling cost and time needed to map your DNA

2003
$437,000,000
13 years to map

2007
$10,000,000
4 years

2008
$100,000
4 weeks

2012
$100*
2 days

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