China to Develop Third-Generation Genome Sequencing Instrument
News Dec 14, 2009
The instrument is expected to sequence a person's genomes in an hour at a cost of about 1,000 U.S. dollars, compared with six weeks and 60,000-100,000 dollars by the current second-generation instrument, said Yu Jun, deputy head of the Beijing Institute of Genomics with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The academy and the Inspur Group, a leading supplier of computing platforms and IT application solutions in China, announced the project here on Friday, according to a report by Beijing Daily newspaper on Saturday.
"The home-made third-generation genome sequencing instrument is not only conducive to life science research, but also concerns the genetic safety of China," Yu said.
The sequencing instrument is vital for gene science research and the made-in-China third-generation instrument will help the country get a leading edge in the field, he added. (Xinhua)
Previous work by the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) has identified 233 genetic risk variants. However, these only account for about 20% of overall disease risk, with the remaining genetic culprits proving elusive. A new study has tracked down four of these hard-to-find genes.READ MORE