In the late ninties, it took several years and billions of dollars to sequence the DNA in our cells. New technologies can radically lower trha prize, and make the mapping in a fraction of that time. Today, several companies are competeing to be the first to make the "1000 dollar genome" come true. An extra incentive is the ten million dollar XPrize for genetics, put up by the Xprize Foundation.
Two of the entrants are Helicos Biosciences and ZS Genetics, both based in Massachusetts.
Read more on www.xconomy.com:
With New Machine, Helicos Brings Personal Genome Sequencing A Step Closer
ZS Genetics Enters Race for Genetics X Prize