Genome Pioneer Will Start Center of His Own

August 15, 2002 | Source: New York Times

J. Craig Venter plans to build what he believes will be the nation’s largest genome sequencing center to introduce new technology that vastly decreases the time and cost required to determine the DNA code of people, animals and microbes.

One goal, he said, is to get the cost down to $2,000 to $3,000 to analyze a person’s entire genome, compared with the hundreds of millions of dollars it took to determine the first human genome sequence.

At that price, probably not reachable for 10 years, it will become practical to tailor medical care to each person based on genetic makeup, he said.