Genome to Go


Biology is now one of many sciences that’s almost completely dependent on technology: The technologies that allow us to view human biology at the molecular level have driven the genomic revolution. Automation, robotics, high-speed processors, and sophisticated computer programs have taken what was once the painstaking handwork of DNA identification, isolation, preparation, and sequencing and turned them into digital processes. The first sequencing of the human genome took 13 years and US $3 billion. Now machines the size of a multipurpose office printer will soon be able to do the same for sums of about $1000, and all in a day’s time. [Read More]