Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Genomes: $1K to seq $1 Mil to analyse

Genomes: $1K to seq $1 Mil to analyse

October 1, 2010 | It is doubtful that the scientists and physicians who first started talking about the $1,000 genome in 2001 could have imagined that we would be on the verge of that achievement within the decade. As the cost of sequencing continues to freefall, the challenge of solving the data analysis and storage problems becomes more pressing. But those issues are nothing compared to the challenge facing the clinical community who are seeking to mine the genome for clinically actionable information—what one respected clinical geneticist calls “the $1 million interpretation.” From the first handful of published human genome sequences, the size of that task is immense.

LOL I would like to see where the $1 million dollars is trickling to.. it may not cost as much as $1 million to analyze most data but the infrastructure costs are possibly ~ $1 million. I do hope to get a pay increment if the $1 million does trickle down to me though!

 edit: added link to article and guess what? Kevin Davies wrote a book! 
very curious now.


  1. Happened across this post after finding your earlier post about SeqCentral (my company). Can you provide a source for this quote? Obviously, this issue of data analysis is something that we are aiming to mitigate. -Jeremy

  2. Hi Anon,
    its here if you haven't found it. http://www.bio-itworld.com/2010/10/01/interpretation.html


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