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When James Watson’s genome sequence was publicly released earlier this year, Watson famously kept only one region of his DNA a secret – the region encoding the APOE gene, which contains common variants that contribute substantially to the risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s, and also affect predisposition to other diseases. A recent article in the European…

The already frantic DNA sequencing market just got a little bit more crowded, with the dramatic entrance of a new competitor called Complete Genomics. The newcomer brings new technology to the table, as well as big promises: namely the commercial provision of whole-genome sequencing for a bargain $5,000, beginning in mid-2009. It’s still unclear whether…

First Arab genome sequenced

This story doesn’t seem to have got much press – understandably, since the media is getting sick of “first” genomes, and there’s very little useful information available in the press releases – but a collaborative effort between Saudi Biosciences, the Beijing Genomics Institute and bioinformatics provider CLCbio has announced the sequencing of the first Arab…

This little USB drive represents the current pinnacle of luxury personal genomics. It’s the product of Knome (pronounced “know me”), a Cambridge, MA-based biotech start-up fronted by genomics pioneer George Church (recently profiled in Wired). In return for $350,000, Knome’s customers receive a shiny 8 Gb drive containing their entire genome sequence (or rather, a…