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Personal DNA Sequencing “More Affordable” at $48,000

June 18th, 2009 No comments

Illumina Corporation, a San Diego biotech firm, on June 16, 2009, announced the advent of relatively low-cost personal full DNA sequencing. For the low price of $48,000, you can have your entire DNA sequenced for use in detecting genetic diseases. Someday, that data may be useful for creating gene therapies and custom drugs to improve your health. $48,000 might sound like a lot of money, but it is really a bargain. Until this month, Illumina charged $96,000 for the same service.

Just several years ago, it cost billions of dollars and many years of work to get the same information. Consider the Human Genome Project to see how it took 13+ years and $3+ billion to sequence 92% of the human genome for the first time. Celera Genomics, founded by Craig Venter, developed shotgun DNA sequencing technology that brought down full DNA genome sequencing to $300 million and a few years, and companies like Illumina have improved and cost-reduced the technologies even further.
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