Personal medicine is a little bit closer: Sequence your genome for under $1000
Thanks to advances in chemistry and software, researchers can soon sequence a human genome for $1,000 in a day.
This week, the company surpassed that prediction with a new tabletop sequencer called the Ion Proton. The company introduced the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, although the sequencer is only available to researchers at this point.
The Ion Proton can also sequence exons, the protein-encoding regions of the genome where most disease-causing mutations happen. This opens up a lot to both researchers and doctors.