The $1,000 GenomeThe price tag for decoding someone's entire genetic blueprint is plummeting, prompting more and more people to get a complete read-out of their genes. The results may help with diagnosis and treatment, but also raise questions about privacy, genetic discrimination and how much we really want to know about our genes.
By sequencing a newborn's genome, doctors could screen for more genetic conditions. But parents could be confronted with confusing or ambiguous data about their baby's health.
The Proton Semiconductor Sequencer from Ion Torrent Systems Inc. is a new DNA sequencing machine designed to sequence the entire human genome in about eight hours for $1,000.
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Watson, now 84, says sequencing helped explain his past sensitivity to certain drugs. But he didn't want to know everything his sequenced genome revealed about his health future.
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