September 23, 2002
Venter: Personal DNA sequencing $1000 in 10 years

Sounds like Craig Venter is expanding The Institute for Genomic Research to develop faster DNA sequencing machines:

And you expect to be able to get that cost down to $1,000?

Thatís the goal.

How far off is that?

Somebody could make a discovery tomorrow, and it could be a year from now -- or it could take 20 years.

If you take the extrapolation of the 15 to 20 years of the public genome project and $5 billion, to Celera doing it for less than $100 million in nine months, to within this year, weíd be able to sequence the essential components of your genome in less than a week for about a half-million dollars.

If you extrapolate from that curve, itís totally reasonable to expect with new technology development within five years, we should be there. Iíve given it a margin of five to 10 years.

However, he's still denying the obvious link between genes and personality types. Oh well, doesn't matter. Lots of neurobiologists are chasing down those links.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2002 September 23 11:10 AM  Biotech Advance Rates


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