It’s now possible to an individual genome in under 30 minutes at a cost of The ramifications will be enormous.
the technology in a product called the Genalice Vault that processes and stores genomic data. It’s early days but the company claims that with its technology the costs of processing and storing an individual genome can be reduced to $100. It would currently cost a few orders of magnitude more than that.
One scenario presented by this technology is that when you f irst visit a doctor they’d map your genome instead of just asking you a long list of questions. With your genome analysed, they could then begin diagnosis specific to your genetics and this data would be available for subsequent visits and, hopefully, shared digitally with other doctors you visited in the future.
With this tool, healthcare professionals would also be able to make precise recommendations for what you should avoid eating, habits you should steer clear of and the likelihood of you encountering genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis. As our understanding of genetic markets improves, they’d be able to go back to the data in the future and call you when they make new discoveries that are relevant to your DNA.
Since t he breakthrough, Genalice has attracted powerful partners in the form of Intel and the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The technology will now get faster, cheaper and more mainstream. And people will get much healthier. As for investors, the game is on.