December 5, 2012

Sequencing Genomes Keeps Getting Cheaper

Jon Entine, Genetic Literacy Project

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Whole genome sequencing, (also known as full genome sequencing, complete genome sequencing, or entire genome sequencing), is a laboratory process that maps a person’s complete genetic code. Because the data that is produced can be staggeringly large—there are approximately six billion base pairs in each human genome—genomic data crunching requires a large amount of computing power and storage capacity and can cost tens of thousands of dollars (down from more than a billion dollars a decade ago).

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