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Published on Mar 23, 2017
A team from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has developed a new way to sequence genomes that can generate a human genome from scratch for roughly the cost of an MRI exam.
Whereas the original Human Genome Project took 10 years and cost $4 billion, the new 3D assembly technique, which is described in a study this week in Science, produces a comparable genome sequence in a few weeks for less than $10,000.
Erez Lieberman Aiden, assistant professor of genetics at Baylor and a senior scientist at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP), led an international team based at Baylor's Center for Genome Architecture in developing 3D assembly.