This another that I only recently read, but a fascinating read. A decade after the completion of the human genome project, start-up companies are using computer networking know-how to increase sequencing throughput in a race to inexpensive genome sequencing.
The promise is that low-cost gene sequencing will lead to a new era of personalized medicine, yielding new approaches for treating cancers and other serious diseases. The arrival of such cures has been glacial, however, although the human genome was originally sequenced more than a decade ago.
Now that is changing, in large part because of the same semiconductor industry manufacturing trends that opened up consumer devices like the PC and the smartphone: exponential increases in processing power and transistor density are accompanied by costs that fall at an accelerating rate.
As a result, both new understanding and new medicines will arrive at a quickening pace, according to the biologists and computer scientists.
Source: The New York Times
A real-time, portable gene sequencing device that can by run off laptop USB.
If there are portable, diminutive devices designed to quickly diagnose infertility, HIV, melanoma and malaria, then why not to sequence DNA as well? Sure enough, UK-based Oxford Nanopore Technologies recently debuted the MinION, a new sequencer that’s the size of a USB memory stick. READ MORE…