By Monica Heger

Complete Genomics
said this week that it would sequence 1,000 genomes on its own dime from people over 80 as part of a Scripps Science Translational Medicine Institute project to study healthy aging.

Complete agreed to provide the sequencing for free because it will provide the company with access to a dataset of de-identified healthy genomes that it can then make available to other customers to compare against disease genomes, CEO Cliff Reid told Clinical Sequencing News.

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