What Could You Do With Cheap Genome Sequencing Now?

What Could You Do With Cheap Genome Sequencing Now?

Genome sequencing does definitely not equal fortune telling: it cannot predict how long you will live or what your body mass index will look like. However, it can tell you a lot about your sensitivity to drugs, your family history or whether you are a carrier of monogenic conditions.

After the Human Genome Project was completed 20 years ago (for a whopping $2.7 billion), the dream was to be able to sequence a person’s genome for 1000 USD. After this became feasible, the next dream was to make it even cheaper: now it costs around 200 USD after Illumina’s innovation came to life.

What is the next dream? To be able to analyse the data and draw clinical conclusions from that.




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