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A Genome or a Pair of Jeans?

Right now it takes $60,000 and six weeks to sequence a human genome, though those numbers depend on the sequencing method (and how much stock you can put in a press release), but Tech Review reports that there are two companies trying to get that cost down to $100, or "less than the price of a nice pair of jeans." Complete Genomics and BioNanomatrix are collaborating to create a library of all the possible five-base-long combinations that occur in a DNA sequence so that library can then be probed with unknown sequences.

Call GTO cheap, but we'd never pay more than $100 for a pair of jeans. Shoes, maybe.


The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.