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DNA Sequencing is Now Improving Faster Than Moore's Law!

Two leading manufacturers of DNA sequencing instruments announce that they would introduce new machines this year capable of sequencing an entire human genome in a single day for a cost of $1,000 per genome.


The speed of genome sequencing has far better than doubled every two years since 2003, when the first whole human genome was completed in 13 years’ time at a cost of $3.8 billion.

The parallel with Moore’s law indicates that, just as revolutionary computing and digital electronics applications have transformed society over the past four decades, innovations spurred by widely available gene sequencing could soon do the same. In cancer research for instance, widespread access to DNA sequencing will enable patients or oncologists to share the genomic details of their cancer over time, helping researchers more quickly identify links between mutations and various therapeutic responses.

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