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The exponential reduction in gene sequencing costs

genetic.pngOne of the big trends I mentioned back in December was the reduction in gene sequencing costs. Multiple companies have announced relatively low costs  genome sequencing machines for 2012.  One of these the Ion Proton™ Sequencer will be upgraded to sequence an entire human genome in less than a day for something less than $1000.


An IEEE Spectrum Tech Talk blog post argues that it is Moore's Law driving down the cost of DNA sequencing since it is the tiny fabrication techniques that enable the creation of the sensors as well as the data gathering.


Some wonder about the long-term value of genetic testing. With our ability to store massive amounts of information from the various aspects of our lives, we should be able to more effectively map drug efficacy to determine the right treatment for the individual, instead of how most people react. The “best” treatment overall, may not be the best treatment for an individual. The DNA sequence has quite a bit to do with documenting our uniqueness.


Since healthcare costs are rising and we’re all living longer, addressing the fact that nearly everyone will have chronic disease eventually can have a significant effect on business profitability.

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