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Cost of DNA sequencing

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by markmc20001, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. markmc20001

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    "You may know that the cost to sequence a human genome is dropping, but you probably have no idea how fast that price is coming down. The National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the US National Institute of Health, has compiled extensive data on the costs of sequencing DNA over the past decade and used that information to create two truly jaw-dropping graphs. NHGRIs research shows that not only are sequencing costs plummeting, they are outstripping the exponential curves of Moores Law. By a big margin."



    http://singularityhub.com/2011/03/05/costs-of-dna-sequencing-falling-fast-look-at-these-graphs/
     
  2. Snow Leopard

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    As a matter of fact I discovered this yesterday after watching one of the SU university biotech lectures. http://singularityhub.com/2009/10/09/singularity-university-posts-lectures-on-youtube/
    I have been following this for a few years. It is still beyond reach at $50,000 ($30,000 or less is probably subsidised at the moment). But with scales of economy, I'd expect it will become relatively affordable (~$1000) within ten years.
    But it won't become affordable until there is a substantial market for it.
     
  3. markmc20001

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    Understanding DNA and the genome just intuitively seems like the right approach given what Rich Van K talks about. Not to mention the returns on investment could go along way to solving health care costs (well then it could break Social security with a bunch of 200 year olds drawing on social security).

    If I am understanding the chart right, the cost has dropped from $10million to $50k in three years. (probably due to some technology breakthrough) Maybe we will get lucky and another major technology breakthrough could get us there sooner than 10 years...
     

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