Complete Genomics announces 500 genomes in the pipeline : Genetic Future

Complete Genomics announces 500 genomes in the pipeline. 500 genomes. I doubt they will hit the 10,000 genomes they said they would in 2110. But 500 genomes. Perhaps the 1,000 dollar genome (and personal genomics) is closer than I thought. On top of that, if we got to the point that a company could be doing 10,000 genomes a year (or more) and 1,000 (or less), couldn’t we sequence the species genomes of entire orders every year or so for only a fraction of the available total funding?

Of course there is the cost of analysis, databases and learning…

2 thoughts on “Complete Genomics announces 500 genomes in the pipeline : Genetic Future

  1. Kevin Karplus

    Of course, resequencing yet another human genome is *much* simpler than de novo sequencing of an organism that has never been studied. I don’t think we’ll be seeing $1000 de novo genomes any time soon. (Well, maybe for species very similar to sequenced species, like yet another primate, or yet another carnivore.)

  2. Trey Post author

    You are right of course, doing the same species (human) over and over will be a lot cheaper and simpler than doing a species de novo, and I doubt also that we’ll be seeing $1,000 de novo genomes any time soon.

    But, the more species we do, the easier each one gets (do one primate, others follow, do one diptera… or maybe within a family, etc).

    We might not be seeing $1,000 de novo genomes any time soon, but I think we’ll be seeing very cheap (order of magnitude, or several, cheaper) de novo sequencing, enough that we’ll be seeing 1,000 vertebrate genomes a year possibly?

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