This post has been updated to correct the spelling of Erika Check Hayden's given name.

The Archon Genomics X Prize was created to be the sort of challenge that inspires a gaggle of investigators and inventors to push new technologies and bold ideas to their limits, so why are there only two contestants in the game just two days before the registration deadline, Erika Check Hayden asks in Nature.

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