Genome sequencing is evolving rapidly. The most obvious change is that it's becoming cheaper. The first human genome, released in 2001, cost a billion dollars. As of late 2011, the cost of sequencing a genome is $4,000 - this means that today you could sequence a quarter of a million people with the budget of the Human Genome Project.
But sequencing is changing in other ways too: Sequencing machines are becoming smaller and easier to use. As a result, new markets and new applications emerge.
In this blog, I'll explore the changes that are happening in the DNA sequencing market right now, asking questions such as:
- Does the history of the computing industry teach us anything about the future of the sequencing industry?
- What new applications will there be for radically cheaper DNA sequencing technology?
- Will genome sequences be mainly stored in the cloud?
- How will the purchase criteria for sequencing machines change in the future?