Realtime gene sequencing gets closer

Back in the video Jeans…or Genes? I mentioned that Pacific Biosciences was claiming it was working on technology to sequence a whole human genome in 15 minutes! Sounded a lot like a boast to entice VC funding.

But they’ve gotten a step closer to making the thing a reality. According to Technology Review they now have a video of the technology at work in a proof-of- concept. There’s a movie on their site that explains how it all works.

So they’re standing by their claim that they’ll be doing genomes–maybe around 2013–in 15 min. for @$100!! So what? Well, having gene testing done dirt-cheap is a technology that is already making waves in the control structure of medicine and the healthcare system. The faster and cheaper the process, the more the impact.

Tomorrow’s going to be different.