Further movement in the Genomics and personalized medicine move...as the competition heats up... related story below on what Baylor College is doing in this direction... it may be a bit technical for the average layman, but very informative overall...workforce automation and accelerated imaging capabilities...BD
ZS Genetics Inc. has become the latest New England life sciences firm to enter the Archon X Prize for Genomics competition, which will award $10 million to the first group to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days for less than $10,000, the company said.
The lowest cost of sequencing an entire genome today is around $100,000 and takes at least a day to complete. Marc Hodosh, a Boston-area entrepreneur, is senior director of the Archon X Prize contest. The contest's parent organization, theX Prize Foundation, based in Santa Monica, Calif., has launched separate competitions dedicated to space travel and automotive design.
This project is more detailed with 1000 genomes versus the 100 mentioned in the story above.
HOUSTON & FOSTER CITY, Calif.-Scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) will use high-throughput sequencing systems from Applied Biosystems (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, for a significant part of their contribution to the first pilot phases of the 1000 Genomes Project, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Wellcome Trust and the Beijing Genome Institute. This project is a worldwide research effort that will involve the sequencing of 1,000 genomes from people from around the world to create the most detailed and medically useful picture to date of human genetic variation. The HGSC will acquire six SOLiD™ Systems in order to complete the work.
Applera Corporation consists of two operating groups. Applied Biosystems serves the life science industry and research community by developing and marketing instrument-based systems, consumables, software, and services.