QOTD

October 27th, 2010

Q: Is Ozzy the first rock star to have his full genome sequenced?

Conde: Yes, as far as I know. I can definitely tell you he’s the first prince of darkness to have his genome sequenced and analyzed.

— Jorge Conde, in SciAm

This came through my feed reader today and I had to laugh. As we might expect, they didn’t find all that much that was interesting in Ozzy’s genome, but it sure was great publicity for Knome and Cofactor.

With the announcement of the PGP1000 and the recent release from the 1000 Genomes Project, the number of personal genomes has now easily reached several thousand. When I started graduate school 5 years ago, a single genome cost well over a million dollars and sequencing one guaranteed you the cover of Nature or Science. Now it’s just something that moderately wealthy people do on a lark.


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