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2008-02-12 12:55:00

California-based Pacific Biosciences said its new gene-sequencing machine will soon be able to sequence an entire human gene map in four minutes at a cost of just $1,000.  "It will change health care forever if it works," Hugh Martin, the chief executive officer of the company, said in a Reuters telephone interview on Monday."You could be on the operating table and having a biopsy while under anesthesia," he said. Doctors could then compare the sequence in a tumor to the DNA in a...

2006-07-20 14:25:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Experts who first managed to tease some DNA out of the bones of a Neanderthal teamed up on Thursday with a gene-sequencing company to try to get a complete Neanderthal genetic code. The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and 454 Life Sciences Corp in Branford, Connecticut, said they would use new technology that amplifies tiny samples of the scarce DNA from bones. "The advent of 454 Sequencing...

2005-08-04 14:38:50

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Want your own personal genome sequenced? Researchers said they had found a faster and cheaper way to do it that would cost only about $2.2 million. George Church and colleagues at Harvard Medical School hope eventually to reduce the cost further to $1,000 per genome -- the entire DNA code of a person, plant or other organism. Their new method, described in a report in the journal Science, bypasses the traditional...