That is what Andreas Sundquist of DNAnexus predicts we will be able to put together within ten years. That’s a fascinating prospect in itself, with far-reaching ramifications. But Sundquist’s real point is that DNA sequencing is poised to become routine. He thinks that by 2014, we will have sequenced a million human genomes, tens of millions within five years and over a billion within ten years. The amount of data that represents is truly enormous. Enabling the management and analysis of that data is what Sundquist’s company hopes to do by creating what they see as an “operating system for genomics”.
For medical product designers, the implications of all this are profound. We will soon be awash in a wave of genomic data that will foster innovations in both diagnostics and therapies.
(Hat tip to Medgadget)