Gene Expression

I notice that Fortune has a story on personal genomics up, Genetic sequencing gets personal Biotech firm Illumina will sequence your entire genetic code — and throw in a Mac — for $48,000:

So far, personalized genomics make up just a small fraction of Illumina’s revenue. High costs keep sequencing out of reach for most people. But prices will fall substantially as the technology improves. In fact experts say costs could reach $1000 within three to five years, making more people privy to their entire genetic code.

One area Illumina is not diving into is sequence analysis. Instead, it is partnering with genomics companies Navigenics, 23andMe, deCODE Genetics (DCGN), and Knome, which are developing platforms to decipher the data generated by Illumina. So far, the partners are keeping mum on how much they plan to charge the customers Illumina sends their way. Based on the costs of their current genotyping services, prices could range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Dan MacArthur covered the Illumina story last month in more depth.