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1000 Genomes To Be Sequenced By End Of Year April 4, 2012

Posted by Metabiological in Genetics.
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Ambitious?  Yes.  Plausible?  Absolutely.

The 1000 Genomes Project, as its name suggests, is a joint public-private effort to sequence 1000 genomes. Begun in 2008, the Project’s main goal is to create an “extensive catalog of human genetic variation that will support future medical research studies.” The 1000 Genomes Consortium is headed by the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute which in turn is collaborating with research groups in the US, UK, China and Germany.

That might not sound like much. Thanks in large part to companies like Silicon Valley start up Complete Genomics perhaps as many as 30,000 complete genomes around the world have already been sequenced. But what is unique about the 1000 Genomes Project is that their genomes will be made available to the public for free, and stored in a place where the world can access the data easily and interact with it.

I’ve been critical in the past of Kurzweil applying his law of accelerating returns to non-computer science fields but when he sticks to what he knows he’s usually pretty accurate and genome sequencing is probably the best current example of that.  Prices have been plummeting and power has been increasing pretty much just as he predicted and the explosion of companies like 23&Me is testament to that.  I look forward to hearing about this project in the future.

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