Mike the Mad Biologist came across a Nature Reviews Genetics article that says that hundreds of gigabases of sequencing data can be generated in a week "for less than US$5,000." Mike says could be true, with a lot of caveats. Buying a machine, he says, would be at least $500,000 and, if amortized over about two years, that could come out to be about $5,000 per 200Gb. In addition there's the cost of paying people to run those machines, which he arbitrarily puts at $150,000 per year for two people. "I'm willing to go along with the costs of reagents plus minimal ancillary costs, such as electricity, running around $5,000. Maybe," Mike says. "And if that's all you have to write your purchase or billing order for, then the price of sequencing is around $5,000. But the cost, including the externalized costs, is much more."
Price? Cost? Whatever...
Sep 01, 2010