The race to a $100 genome

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scientists-in-labThe advances in technology and science are bringing new discoveries to the field of medicine.  Mark Costa a primary care physician wanted to find out if he was predisposed to certain illnesses and see if the test he took — priced at just $99 — might be useful for his patients.  Being able to test a person’s genome is absolutely remarkable as people find out their predispositions to diseases and their traits.

For people who are not familiar with sequencing it is a way of “reading” DNA molecules — two strands twisted together to form that famous double helix. Entrepreneurs and scientists are pursuing an even more dramatic medical breakthrough is a way of “reading” DNA molecules — two strands twisted together to form that famous double helix. The entire human genome contains roughly 3 billion molecular base pairs, which researchers study to find variations that might play a role in the development of diseases.

The ability to sequence an entire human genome for around that same $100 price tag. That goal remains a few years away, but the obstacles are falling fast.

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