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    IEEE Spectrum: The Gene Machine and Me
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Monday, March 04, 2013


    In this article, Eliza Strickland interviews Jonathan Rothberg, who founded 454 Life Sciences as well as Ion Torrent. In addition to describing Ion Torrent's chip-based genome sequencer and the ongoing effort to make whole-genome sequencing a common diagnostic test, Strickland details the experience of having her own exome sequenced by the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

    In the following excerpt from the article, Rothberg explains how one's genome data will reveal much more when it can be compared with those of others:

    "But, he goes on, every day new patients get sequenced and researchers add fresh information to genetic databases. 'That's why it's so important now to sequence tens of thousands of people and to keep track of their medical records, so we can annotate the rest of the genome,' he explains. 'So that five years from now when somebody else looks at their genome they won't get a little report. They'll get a much bigger report with much more statistically significant information.'"


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