Genome Sequencing

Indeed, the real marvel is how quickly DNA sequencing has evolved from needing billions of dollars and a full-scale lab to a fraction of the cost and a handheld device - Joseph Cox

Genome Sequencing
Genome Sequencing

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What will we do once we’ve sequenced all the genomes?

There is a realistic chance that we will sequence the entire diversity of genomes on Earth during our lifetime—or, in the worst-case scenario, the next generation. The Human Genome Project was completed back in 2003, after all. That’s quite an achievement: In less than 20 years, we have progressed from the first draft of a single human genome to being able to easily and cheaply sequence the genome of any interested individual.

This gives us the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the biosphere and will allow us to harness microbes for all kinds of purposes. Very soon, for instance, genome sequencing and analysis will become an integral part of a standard medical check-up…

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 What will we do once we’ve sequenced all the genomes?

There is a realistic chance that we will sequence the entire diversity of genomes on Earth during our lifetime—or, in the worst-case scenario, the next generation. The Human Genome Project was completed back in 2003, after all. That’s quite an achievement: In less than 20 years, we have progressed from the first draft of a single human genome to being able to easily and cheaply sequence the genome of any interested individual.

National Human Genome Research Institute

... the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

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