Stephen Quake, Stanford University researcher and co-founder of Helicos, and his team sequenced a male human of European descent (aka Quake himself) using the Heliscope, they report in Nature Biotechnology. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News reports that it took four weeks and $48,000 in reagents to sequence Quake's genome.

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