Human DNA sequencing is moving towards lower costs - so much so, that it's been said that it could be free in the near future. An incredible leap considering a few years ago these were valued at billions. The access is being compared to how we thought of an email address.
Mapping life took a turn through Houston
"People didn't think it could be done and didn't want it done," said Richard Gibbs, director of Baylor College of Medicine's Human Genome Sequencing Center, one of a handful of labs around the world that led the Human Genome Project. [...] research into the genome was "the Wild West," Gibbs said as labs rushed to merge technological innovation with tested and sometimes untested lab methods to list the genome. The human genome is a sequence of four letters, C, G, A and T, stretching on for 3.2 billion spots, marking four DNA molecules - cytosine, guanosine, adenine and thymine. Unlock the combination DNA, the theory went, and you have a course for identifying and then correcting hereditary diseases that are hard-wired into someone's body, such as cystic fibrosis and neurological diseases. A private company claiming the genome was shocking to some scientists, who said it would privatize people's basic health information. "Today we are learning the language in which God created life," Clinton said. Since scie...
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