Engineer decodes own genome for less than $50K

08/10/2009 | NYTimes.com

Dr. Stephen R. Quake, a Stanford engineer, said he was able to sequence his own genome in four weeks and for less than $50,000 using a machine that he invented, called the Heliscope Single Molecule Sequencer made by Helicos Biosciences. Quake said the low-cost genome-sequencing technique could allow more hospitals and laboratories to decode complete human genomes.

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