Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bargain price on genome sequencing

From Wired, apparently a founder of the Human Genome Project and his company have managed to sequence the human genome for only $5,000, a tremendous step down from its current price of $100,000. This is evidently tremendous news for genetic and biomedical research, as it will allow more people access to complete human genetic codes. Thank god that the government didn't step in earlier and decide that human genomes were too important to let cost be an option and that the government should subsidize them for use in research. Because otherwise, competition wouldn't have driven the price down to where it is today, and the taxpayers would still have to pay the $100,000, even if the user wouldn't.

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