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The falling cost of genome sequencing

Speeding up disease diagnosis

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The falling cost of genome sequencing

The cost of sequencing DNA has dramatically reduced in the past decade – for example, sequencing the Psa genome would have cost around US$100,000 prior to 2008, when second generation sequencing techniques were introduced, but now costs less than US$1,000 per strain. This dramatic reduction in cost, and the time taken to sequence DNA, is likely to lead to the introduction of more DNA-based diagnostics in the future.