Now You Can Sequence Your Genome For Just $200

UPDATE: This “limited time offer” has now expired.

NOTE: This isn’t about having a few markers of your DNA tested for genealogy purposes. Instead, it describes a test to have your ENTIRE GENOME tested.

The first nearly complete human genomes were sequenced in 2007: J. Craig Venter and James Watson. The exact cost of the effort was never precisely calculated but it probably cost a million dollars or more for the laboratories involved. (The cost was not passed on to the individuals being sequenced.)

Now, only eleven years later, for the next 48 hours, Cambridge-based Veritas Genetics will be lowering its $999 whole genome sequencing and interpretation service for just $199 for two days, or to the first 1,000 people who buy spit kits. Again, that is a limited-time offer.

Not only is the price cheap, CEO Mirza Cifric says that it’s more than just a holiday-season gimmick. “We’re sending a clear signal to the medical research community that the $99 genome will be here in three to five years,” he says. “People might be thinking it’s still a decade away. We want to wake them up.”

Details may be found in an article by Megan Molteni in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/whole-genome-sequencing-cost-200-dollars/.

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I was going to jump on this… just $20 wow… but got to the next page and it was a typo lol…. really $200 so I guess I will leave this to others, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all of you.

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Just checked and it is already sold out. Will watch for another opportunity. Thanks for letting us know about this. Ed Keelin

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There is also a whole genome sequencing offer from Dante Laboratories at the same price. That offer lasts for the next week. See my blog post here: https://cruwys.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-30x-whole-genome-sequence-from-dante.html

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