Would you pay $68,000 to unlock the secrets of your genetic code?

May 1, 2009 | Source: ScientificAmerican.com

Bidding kicked off last week at $68,000 on a 10-day eBay auction whose prize includes personal genome sequencing, analysis, and interpretation services provided by Cambridge, Mass.-based genetics firm Knome, Inc.

The auction’s winner also participates in a roundtable discussion with Knome’s geneticists, clinicians and bioinformaticians to review the winner’s sequence data, and a private dinner with George Church, co-Founder and Knome’s chief scientific advisor.

The auction is intended to promote whole genome sequencing and the X Prize Foundation’s Archon X Prize for Genomics (AGXP), a global competition that will award $10 million to the first person or team that can sequence 100 human genomes within 10 days.