The $1,000 Genome The 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.
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The $1,000 Genome

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. hide caption

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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. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Sara Terry and her son, Christian, in Spring, Texas. After sequencing Christian's genome, doctors were able to diagnose him with a Noonan-like syndrome. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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