The estimated cost of the Human Genome Project that aimed to sequence the human genome was around $350 million. The dream line is around $1000, and now here is a new milestone. Illumina HiSeq 2000 costs $650,000, but it can sequence a genome for $10,000 and generates 200 gigabytes per run. Though even if we cross the $1000 line somewhere in the near future, I don’t think we are ready to implement this huge amont of data into medical decision making effectively. Technology moves faster than our understanding of clinical genomics.
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The race for the $1000 genome is serious. Do you remember the new genome sequencer of Helicos? 1 billion basepairs a day: