Human genome sequencing soon child play?

Van Mensvoort
October 12th 2008

Starting next spring, a complete human-genome sequence can be ordered the Californian startup Complete Genomics for just $5,000, Techreview reports.

Currently sequencing still costs about $100,000. The price drop is expected to allow pharmaceutical companies to make genome sequencing a routine part of clinical drug testing. A $5,000 genome would open up new possibilities in creating personalized medicine.

As prices are expected to drop further over the next decade, we foresee non-clinical applications will emerge as well. How about a human-genome sequence chip on your cellphone? Should be handy to check if your pick up at the party is also a suitable marriage-partner (you can just filter the father/mother or your kids right just out!?). Calculate your chances regarding that horrible disease in your family. Or determine whether that friend-of-a-friend should be accepted to your genetic-social-network. Playing doctor at the kindergarten will not be quite what it used to be.

See also: Social networking down to the genetic level, Genetic map of Europe, Google DNA search, Surrogate Sushi unmasked with DNA test, Poetry of Genetics.

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Ridley Fitzgerald
Posted 18/12/2017 – 19:16

Genetic sequencing sounds pretty amazing. I love that it can actually help avoid diseases that may run in the family. If it can get lower in price, I would definitely consider looking into it some more because we have diabetes in our family.

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