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Complete Genomics Makes Its Debut

Complete Genomics announced its first sequencing partnership with the Institute for Systems Biology, and its plans to offer a $5,000 sequencing service in the second quarter of next year. The company will be the first to offer such a low price tag, and expects that to enable the sequencing of 1,000 human genomes next year and 20,000 in 2010. "That assumes the company can raise the money and find partners to build 10 sequencing centers at a cost of $50 million each. It also assumes there will be enough demand," says this NYT article. Tech Review also has a story on this, in which it quotes NHGRI's Jeff Schloss as saying, "'Stunning' is not too strong a word, if they can do it in the very near term. But I haven't seen any data and I don't know anyone who has, which is of course critical."

The Scan

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