Posted by: grokscience | September 29, 2010

Cheap Genome

Genetic sequencing once was a prohibitively costly endeavor costing billions of dollars and untold number of man-hours. Yet, the price for sequencing has plummeted rapidly such that personalized genomic sequencing may soon be available. On this program, Kevin Davies discussed the thousand dollar genome.

How many genes for a dollar? 😉




  1. Charles, you didn’t tell us to keep on grokkin’! what’ll we do from now until next release?

    kidding; cool show. it did keep ominously evoking Gattaca though…

    • Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 Let me make it up to everyone and say, “Keep on Grokkin’!” 🙂

  2. I wonder what good DNA genome does when the other half (expression of genes) is just as important. Is there thousand dollar way to know how the genes will be expressed / suppressed?

    Maybe we won’t need any of this when my super robot body is completed and transplant my synaptic snapshot into its quantum computing processor.

    • Well, this is the problem with personalized genomics at the moment. You really can’t interpret the sequence information yet in any meaningful way. Until then, we’ll all await the Matrix… 🙂

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