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The concept of a $1000 genome was first articulated at the start of the millennium. It’s a price point that a sequenced genome on par with a laptop computer or a clinical test—a psychologically pleasing, if not completely arbitrary, value. But just what does it mean?
“That is the first and best question on this topic,” says Chad Nusbaum, co-director of the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. The term itself is nebulous: Is $1000 a cost or a price? Does it include only the cost of reagents or does it fold in sample preparation and labor? And what about the bioinformatics analyses, the genome interpretation, and long-term data storage?
The time has come to ask just what that $1000 will buy.
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