Thursday, November 06, 2008

What Is Moore's Law for Genomes?

Recently had a DNA test run by for genealogical purposes, so I'm following news on the genome side a bit more closely these days. In IT there's something known as Moore's law, which talks about the rate at which technology improves (doubling every 18 months). In genome decoding, there seems to be something similar going on, according to this Technology Review article:

  • first genome = $300 million
  • James Watson's genome = $1-2 million
  • Yoruba man's genome = $250,000

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