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Helicos BioSciences Joins Personalized Medicine Coalition

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Helicos BioSciences has joined the Personalized Medicine Coalition, the company said today.
 
“Living in an era where patients will have the opportunity to have their genome sequenced, it’s essential for us to join the discussion on how society will deal with this scientific breakthrough,” Patrice Milos, Helicos’ chief scientific officer, said in a statement.
 
Founded in 2004, the PMC is an advocacy group aimed at “advancing the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine.”
  
Last week Helicos said its single-molecule sequencing system, the HeliScope, will have a list price of $1.35 million — more than double the price of the most expensive next-generation sequencer on the market to date — GenomeWeb Daily News sister publication In Sequence reports this week.

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