Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The 100 genome war is on!!!

The first company to sequence the genome of 100 centenarians will win a prize of $10 million. Though the "competition" was initially announced in 2006, it was only on this very Monday that the first company (Ion Torrent) signed up to compete. Obviously if it stays like this one horse race, then they will definitely win (as they aren't competing against anyone).

Due to the developments in genetic sequencing, the process is becoming cheaper and relatively more accurate than it was even in 2006, which still appears to us mere Explorers, as being a fairly modern year. The CEO of Ion Torrent has claimed that he has a machine which can sequence an ENTIRE genome in a day for a tidy sum of $1000.

So what does this mean for us? Well they could possibly uncover a genetic key which unlocks the question of how only a small minority of people live to celebrate their 100th birthday and beyond. I guess Explorers this could be seen as both positive and negative. Obviously it's positive as it is a development in genome sequencing and genetics, however there is also a negative side to this. Should we really know the nitty-gritty of why and how we age?

Well if the 100 year war was anything to go by perhaps this genome war will also be short lived.

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