The Cost Of Gene Sequencing Is Dropping Fast

Published November 10th, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

The Cost Of Gene Sequencing Is Dropping FastYou can’t learn everything about a person from his or her genes. To make an analogy, if genes are the blueprint of a person, then they’re the sort of blueprint that only offers a general outline on how to build a house and leaves a lot up to the architect to decide. The blueprint also doesn’t account for what the person who lives in the house will do to change the interior and build additions, plus the house also has to deal with decades of bugs, weathering, and other stresses.

Still, there’s a lot we can learn from a genetic sequence even if we can’t guarantee what any given gene will do. We’re learning more and more about how genes affect our chances of getting different diseases, including genetic disorders, cancer, and infectious diseases, and that sort of information can come in handy when it comes to deciding what to focus on with preventive care.

Since computers are continuing to speed up with no end in sight, it’s becoming faster and cheaper than ever to fully sequence your own personal genome and file it with the rest of your medical information, which means being able to have that information on hand during all the situations when it could be useful. And since we’re learning more about genes and how they work, your sequence is becoming more valuable even as the cost of obtaining it goes down.

In fact, a growing number of companies are developing artificial intelligences designed to study gene sequences and offer advice to medical professionals based on what they discover. IBM’s Watson may have won a gameshow as a publicity stunt, but its true calling is to maintain an extensive medical database and bring up any information a doctor wants to know. If Watson can’t already search through a human gene sequence, it won’t be long before it can.

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