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Some experts say the world is on the cusp of a "golden age" of genomics, when a look at the DNA code will reveal your risk of cancer, diabetes or heart disease, and predict which drugs will work for you. Yet the $3 billion international Human Genome Project, whose first phase was completed a decade ago, has not led to a single blockbuster diagnosis or product.

Some experts say the world is on the cusp of a "golden age" of genomics, when a look at the DNA code will reveal your risk of cancer, diabetes or heart disease, and predict which drugs will work for you. Yet the $3 billion international Human Genome Project, whose first phase was completed a decade ago, has not led to a single blockbuster diagnosis or product.   | Photo Credit: de12 sujay periscope

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Life Technologies introduces the Ion Proton Sequencer in India designed to decode human and plant genomes in a single day

Life Technologies Corporation has announced the introduction in India of the new bench top Ion Proton Sequencer designed to sequence the entire human genome in a day.

Ion Proton Sequencer based on semi-conductor technology is the latest next-generation sequencing platform developed by Life Technologies that has made its predecessor, the Ion Personal Genome Machine, the fastest-selling sequencer in the world.

Until now, it has taken weeks to months to sequence a human genome at a cost of $5,000 to $10,000 using optical-based sequencing technologies. The slow pace and the high instrument costs ranging between $ 500,000 and $ 750,000 have limited human genome sequencing to a relatively few, heavily-funded research labs. Now this can be done in a single day at a low cost of $1000.

This is the first next-generation sequencer which enables human and plant whole genome sequencing in a day at a fraction of the current equipment and running costs. Powered by Ion Torrent semi-conductor chip technology, it offers fast, affordable human genome and human exome sequencing.

“The Ion Proton uses semi-conductor sequencing technology, leapfrogging optical technology that may take months to deliver their results,” Life Technologies chairman and CEO, Gregory T. Lucier said.

“Just six months after our first semiconductor sequencing chip was released, people used it to solve the German E. coli outbreak, sequencing the toxic strain in just a couple of hours,” said Jonathan M. Rothberg, the founder and CEO of the Ion Torrent division.

Two well-known genomic laboratories in India have placed orders for the Ion Proton.

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