September 30, 2015
$1000 Genome By Veritas Genetics

DNA sequencing costs have dropped several orders of magnitude in the last 15 years. The cost passed below $10k in around 2011 and has continued to drop since. Now some people can now get their DNA sequenced for $1000.

Veritas Genetics today announced that the company is making it possible for participants in the Personal Genome Project (PGP) to be among the first to get their whole genome sequenced and interpreted for less than a $1,000.

Led by Veritas Genetics Co-Founder Dr. George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Personal Genome Project, PGP is a long-term effort to sequence thousands of complete genomes to enable research into personal genomics and personalized medicine. PGP has more than 16,000 participants worldwide.

The "$1,000 Genome" has long been considered the tipping point when sequencing and interpreting the human genome becomes commonplace and begins to rapidly increase what is known and to dramatically impact healthcare. The catchphrase underscores how far science has come since the actual cost of the Human Genome Project, estimated at $2.7 billion spent over a decade.

To participate you have to join the Personal Genome Project and provide them with extensive medical records. Then scientists use all this data to figure out what all the genetic variants mean.

My guess is they are offering a discount on the DNA sequencing cost in order to collect the massive quantity of information they need to study how millions of genetic variants influence health and performance of our minds and bodies.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2015 September 30 08:58 PM 

Brett Bellmore said at October 1, 2015 2:53 AM:

I'm guessing you have to also allow them commercial rights to any very useful gene variant you happen to have.

Random said at October 1, 2015 4:21 AM:

Wait, I thought this is what 23andme does? What's the difference between the two?

Brett Bellmore said at October 1, 2015 9:16 AM:

23 and me just looks for particular varients in your genome, it doesn't sequence the whole thing.

Tj Green said at October 1, 2015 4:11 PM:

Genetic variation is a survival strategy,so we are all here for the survival of our species. The free sharing of genetic information strengthens our survival.

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