Here’s what you get for your suitcase of cash:
- Personal whole genome sequencing and comprehensive interpretation of your genome.
- Knome’s proprietary KnomeXplorer™ genome browser software to navigate and explore your own genome.
- Two years of Knome’s update service allowing you to remain current on the latest cutting-edge genetics research.
- A digital copy of your whole genome sequence on Knome’s security encrypted GenomeKey [an encrypted USB drive - DM].
- A private, in-person roundtable discussion held at the Harvard Club of Boston with Knome’s team of world-leading geneticists, clinicians and bioinformaticians to review your sequence data, present the results of your analysis, discuss the role of genetic variation in the development of disease and highlight the latest research and discoveries.
- A private dinner with Professor George Church, Co-Founder of Knome, Inc.; exclusive visit to Knome’s headquarters to review Knome’s sequencing protocols and four nights of complimentary accommodations at the new and exclusive Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.
I noted in my previous post that for most of us the real value of a genome sequence doesn’t currently come close to $68,000; but if you’re wealthy enough to be able to throw this amount of cash around without blinking, you’re unlikely to be able to find anyone who can squeeze more information out of a genome sequence than Knome’s team – and a dinner with George Church has got to be worth at least a few grand.
If you’re a German millionaire you’ll want to get your bid in early before this legislation is passed and you’re no longer allowed to get your genome sequenced without someone else’s permission. And if you’re charity-minded, Mary reminded me in the comments on my previous post of a very deserving recipient – one situation where receiving a whole genome sequencing service could have a very real and positive impact on more than one person’s life.