This year’s CES wasn’t all for the computer and TV crowd. IonTorrent, who you might remember being behind sequencing the genome of last year’s Sproutbreak bacteria in just days, announced a new sequencing technology that puts the fabled $1,000 genome within reach.
The new Ion Proton is a chip-based sequencing platform that can hypothetically sequence an entire human genome in a single day for $1,000. We have yet to see it at work, but this would be a huge step forward for genomic medicine.
Many have wondered whether the personalized medicine promises of the Human Genome Project will come true, as we have yet to trace a vast majority of disease to simple genetic sources. But with cheaper genome sequencing comes more genomes to study. As of now over 95% of sequenced human genomes are from Northern European lineages, and cheaper cost will allow a more diverse dataset.
At any rate, crank up the data analysis software. We’re gonna need it. Lots of bases coming through.
(via Technology Review)