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Number of Genomes Sequenced

I remember when Hsien-Hsien Lei tried to list all the people who had their genomes sequenced. Here is a more comprehensive list from SNPedia. Now the FuturePundit blog shared some interesting projections about the number of people who would have their genomes sequenced in the future:

  • 2001-2009: A Human Genome
  • 2010: 1,000 Genomes – Learning the Ropes
  • 2011: 50,000 Genomes – Clinical Flirtation
  • 2012: 250,000 Genomes – Clinical Early Adoption
  • 2013: 1 Million Genomes – Consumer Awareness
  • 2014: 5 Million Genomes – Consumer Reality
  • 2015-2020: 25 Million Genomes And Beyond – A Brave New World

The cost of sequencing is still decreasing, but the cost of data analysis and whether it can affect medical decision-making are different questions. Even if many of us thought we would be quite ahead as of now, there is still a long way to go.

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