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On her blog, Sandra Porter does a little math to figure out how much it really costs to sequence a genome — like Craig Venter's. If the scientists are using Sanger sequencing, it costs about $4 a read, she says, drawing that information from the University of Michigan's core sequencing lab. To generate Venter's genome, the researchers used 32 million reads.

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