Monday, April 20, 2009

Decreasing Price of Sequencing

One consumer-genomics firm called Knome (pronounced “know-me”) uses nimble machines that deposit millions of tiny dots filled with DNA snippets on a flat surface, typically glass. The DNA in these dots can be “read” by molecular machines to signal the presence of different DNA variants. This process has brought down prices by a factor of ten every year since its introduction in 2005.
Amazing how quickly the price of sequencing is decreasing. The article goes into some of the new techniques that are likely to bring the price of whole genome sequencing under $1,000 in the near future.

via The Economist

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