Genome bar­rier

It’s now pos­si­ble to an in­di­vid­ual genome in un­der 30 min­utes at a cost of The ram­i­fi­ca­tions will be enor­mous.

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

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.

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