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NHGRI Awarded More than $90M In First Three Years of Advanced Sequencing Tech Program

In 2004, the National Human Genome Research Institute kicked off its Advanced Sequencing Technology awards program, an effort to accelerate the development of new technologies that would dramatically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing.
Since then, NHGRI has awarded around $93 million to more than 40 different projects that promise to bring the agency closer to its goal of sequencing a whole mammalian genome for $1,000 or less — a price that would enable the sequencing of individual genomes as a routine part of medical care.
NHGRI awards two types of grants under the program: "Near-Term Development for Genome Sequencing" grants support research aimed at sequencing a human-sized genome for $100,000 — approximately 100 times lower than the current cost; while "Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies" grants support the development of technologies that will enable a human-sized genome to be sequenced for $1,000 or less.
A complete list of all projects funded under the program since its inception is available here.

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