"When Jonathan Rothberg's son was born six years ago, the baby was sent to the infant intensive care unit. Rothberg worried all night that something might be wrong with his child, and he found himself wishing he could just read the boy's genome to find out.
At the time that was impossible: it cost tens of millions of dollars and took more than a decade to decipher the first complete human genome, published in 2001 in Nature. But Rothberg's parental panic and frustration inspired him to design a faster, cheaper sequencing technique. Now Rothberg and his co-workers at the 454 Life Sciences Corporation, which he founded, report their success. "
The New York Times DNA Machine May Advance Genetic Sequencing for Patients
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""What they have done here is very significant," Dr. Ronaghi said, noting that the company had already sequenced 50 microbial genomes. "This is the first step toward $1,000 human genome sequencing," he said."
"Jonathan Rothberg, board chairman of 454 Life Sciences, said the company was already able to decode DNA 400 units at a time in test machines. It was working toward sequencing a human genome for $100,000, and if costs could be further reduced to $20,000 the sequencing of individual genomes would be medically worthwhile, Dr. Rothberg said."redux [10.03.02]
Wired News Get Your Red-Hot Genome CD
"Mapping and reading J. Craig Venter's genome took 15 years, $5 billion and some of the world's most sophisticated computers.
Wouldn't you, too, like your genome decoded?
Venter says he plans to offer the service, with the goal of burning individual human's entire DNA sequences onto shiny compact discs."Genomeweb Gene pioneer's next goal
"Tonight's plenary panel discussion at GSAC, "The Future of DNA Sequencing: Advancing Toward the $1,000 Genome," hosted by Craig Venter and Gerald Rubin, quickly turned into a genomics version of the game show "The Price is Right."
"I had to do a little better than the thousand-dollar genome," said VisiGen Biotechnologies CEO Susan Hardin, one of the panelists, about her company's efforts to develop a single-molecule sequencing method using both a modified polymerase and nucleotides. "So we're going for the $995 genome.""
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