Sep 07, 2009    Views: 7290

Next hot field: Next next generation sequencing?


The title of this blog may be slightly exaggerated but there is definitely a lot of activity in the sequencing space right now. A lot of new developments, including: Stephen Quake's single-molecule sequencing, Pacific Biosciences' $68M raise, Complete Genomics' $45M venture funding and Illumina's first delivery of complete human genome. Here is a quick gist:

Stephen Quake's single-molecule sequencing: Stephen quake, a Stanford professor reports sequencing his entire genome for less than $50,000 and with a team of just two other people. Here is the Pubmed link

Pacific Biosciences' $68M raise: The DNA sequencing technology developer plans to launch a commercial version of its single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) Sequencing System in the second half of 2010.

Complete Genomics' $45M venture funding: Complete Genomics Inc., a third-generation human genome sequencing company, said Monday it raised $45 million in a fourth round of funding.

Illumina's new genome service: Illumina, Inc. has announced that it has delivered Hermann Hauser’s genome sequence. Dr Hauser, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd, is the first consumer to purchase Illumina’s individual genome sequencing service that costs ~ $50K. The genome was completed in Illumina’s CLIA-certified and College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited laboratory using the Genome Analyzer technology. Over 110 billion base calls were generated, delivering over 30X coverage of the genome. Data analysis showed 300K novel SNPs in the genome.

I am sure there are many other exciting developments which I did not mention here.

Did you notice any other exciting development that you want added here?

Do you think sequencing field will be successful in translating basic genomics discoveries to biomedical applications?

and finally, will next next generation sequencing be the next hot field?

Comments of this blog:  2 Comment    Add Your Comment

R Bishop said:

Seems like a waste of $50K to me. I am certain that next gen sequencing is going to be hot hot hot for a long time to come.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 10:01 AM
Symposier said:

It seems to be quite an important project. Science is concerned a lot on subject related to human genome. There is some information on this topic at Symposier site ( for physicians interested.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 04:03 PM

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