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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

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find related articles. powered by google. Genomeweb Venter Announces $500K Prize for Significant Advances Toward $1,000 Genome

"Just before lunch today at the GSAC conference, Craig Venter stood before the crowd and announced a mouth-watering proposition: a $500,000 Genomic Technology Prize to be awarded by the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation to a person or organization that develops technology "to significantly advance" automated DNA sequencing toward making the $1,000 genome a reality.

"Look at [the number of] important medical, and environmental advances that would happen if we could sequence a genome in the same time as we are having this conversation," Venter told GenomeWeb News today after the session ended. "

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find related articles. powered by google. CNN Tiny steps toward the $1,000 genome

"It's been three years since scientists completed a rough draft of the human genetic code, but nobody's rushing out yet for a personal DNA analysis. That's because the first draft took 12 years and cost billions of dollars.

Today, the cost has fallen, but only to around $50 million. The target price is orders of magnitude away: $1,000 for an individual's DNA sequence."

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find related articles. powered by google. New Scientist Race for the $1000 genome is on

""We are proposing to give people their own sequence if they'll have it," says genomicist George Church of Harvard Medical School."

"Church and other experts think this is no longer a pipe dream. They believe that in less than a decade, people will be able to get their own genomes sequenced for about the price of a laptop or a flat-screen TV. When that happens, the thinking goes, a whole new industry of personal genomics will take off."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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