Steve Murphy at Gene Sherpas predicts that Complete Genomic will win the Archon X Prize for Genomics this year, but in the comments, Keith Robison is doubtful. "Complete Genomics is impressive, but the X-prize criteria are pretty onerous — I doubt they or PacBio will be gunning for it for at least 2 years," Robison writes. Daniel MacArthur also takes up the idea at his blog where he notes that those criteria include 98 percent coverage of each of the test genomes and no more than one error per 100,000 bases sequenced. Furthermore, MacArthur points out, to qualify for the prize this year, teams have to be registered by January 15th.
Putting Down the Odds
Jan 05, 2010