Cheap and Routine

Jay Flatley, the CEO of Illumina, told the UK's Times that by 2019, the genome sequencing of newborns will be routine and that in three to four years a genome sequence should be available for less than $1,000. "The limitations are sociological; when and where people think it can be applied, the concerns people have about misinformation and the background ethics questions," Flatley says.

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