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Sequencing is a way of “reading” DNA molecules — two strands twisted together to form that famous double helix. The entire human genome contains roughly 3 billion molecular base pairs, which researchers study to find variations that might play a role in the development of diseases. Right now it typically costs $1,000 to $4,000 to map out an individual’s genome.
But entrepreneurs and scientists are pursuing a $100 price tag.
Read the full story here: The race to a $100 genome