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Keywords:

  • DNA;
  • genome sequencing;
  • genomics;
  • personalized medicine;
  • Solexa
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At warp speed: The speed and cost of sequencing DNA has undergone tremendous improvement based on Solexa sequencing. This technique arose from basic curiosity-driven research and unexpected outcomes, rather than from ideas that were strategically driven. The whole-genome sequencing of individuals now possible may one day transform the way medical disorders are classified, diagnosed, and treated.