How about your own full diploid genome sequence at 40x coverage? The $5000 genome is here–or it will be in six months:
Mr. Reid said Complete Genomics hoped to perform 1,000 human genome sequences next year and 20,000 in 2010, with a goal of completing a million by 2013. That assumes the company can raise the money and find partners to build 10 sequencing centers at a cost of $50 million each. It also assumes there will be enough demand.
To put that in perspective, the number of human genomes sequenced to date by all parties combined is, at most, in the double digits. Knome, for instance, says it is on track to have 20 customers by the end of this year.
Volume, of course, could further drive down prices. “If we’ve got a million genomes sequenced by 2013,” Mr. Reid said, “it’s going to be very hard for anyone to compete with us.”