4 thoughts on “The crash of the cost of genome sequencing

  1. This should amaze anyone but it seems extra crazy when I think back to running sequencing gels by hand in the early 90s. And I only did a handful during a short stint as a lab tech. Must be especially astounding for anyone who did a doctorate in that dark era.

    You did old school sequencing once, right? I’m a bit fuzzy on how early your genomics bent started. Undergrad?

  2. I’d like to see the first derivative of that curve, with Moore’s Law as a horizontal line and 2007 as a deep trough.

  3. I just happen to be reading Richard Dawkin’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” written in 2009. In it he posits a “Hodgkin’s Law” (slightly slower version of Moore’s Law) for DNA sequencing growth using data from 1960 to 2008. He predicts, with great excitement, that the cost to sequence a human genome will be less than $1000* “just this side of 2040″… boy was he wrong 🙂

    * actually GBP 1,000 so about US$1,250

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