Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Science as fad ...

One of the most impressive, and revolutionizing, advancments in science (IMNSHO) was the ability to sequence DNA. And not just sequence DNA, but sequence billions upon billions of base pairs in minimal time.

The problem now is ... it's gone mainstream.
The first full genome was sequenced in 2003 after 13 years of work. Today, analyzing a genome takes three months and costs about $40,000.
You know it's gone mainstream when people are chatting up sequencing Ozzy Osbourne's genome. Oh of course, it's all for the "betterment of man" because some of us may go on a decades long bender and will need to know if our genes can handle it ... right?

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