What’s The Answer? (WGS demand estimates)

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This week’s highlighted question was prompted by the news that Craig Venter’s new venture will be sequencing a whole lotta genomes soon.

What’s your estimate for the yearly demand of Whole Human Genome Sequencing ?

The advent of the HiSeq X Ten makes sequencing genomes faster and cheaper.

The “$1K”, 30X Whole Human Genome is now available for $1,400 ($1,550 with library prep):


I really don’t know. It’s hard to assess a brand new market, and with the ethical dilemmas, lack of legal protection, FDA interest, confusion of insurance companies–demand isn’t the only aspect. But you can see what others are thinking, and add your own thoughts, here.