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Sequencing costs come down, while patients’ wait continues

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Last Monday, the publication of a letter in Nature Biotechnology described the first “single-molecule sequencing of an individual human genome”, using a third-generation sequencing instrument by Helicos. While the sequencing of a whole human genome per se is no longer extraordinary, it is generally agreed that to make a patient’s DNA data available for a personalised medicine approach, the effort, time and money invested in sequencing a single person’s genome need to come down considerably.

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