What will the $1,000 genome mean?

Sydney’s Garvan Institute is promoting its acquisition of an Illumina machine which it says can sequence the whole human genome for $1,000. The institute hopes genomic sequencing will become widely available in the near future, so Australians can understand and reduce their personal risk of certain diseases.

Genome sequencing is currently used to diagnose and treat some inherited disorders. But before the technology can be used more widely, we need to ensure its use will bring improvements in health, quality and duration of life.

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