How many people have had their genes sequenced since the Human Genome Project was complete?
5 years ago- a very small number of human genomes had been sequenced
Two years ago- 65,000
Today, February 2017- More than 500,000
How’s that for an explosion of technology? I know I was surprised. I thought sequencing was something far too expensive and time consuming to be common. I was worried that my sci-fi novel in progress wouldn’t be realistic if two or three of the characters had their genomes sequenced. I’ve decided that since they are undergoing study or medical treatment, it’s not unbelievable at all.
And gene sequencing should become more common as new machines and processes become available. The cost sequencing itself has gone from $300,000 in 2006 to $1,000. Machines are still costly, but within the next decade, sequencing someone’s entire genome may only cost $100.
It won’t be long before we’ll all be sequenced so doctors know what’s broken or what will someday break. Will we ever learn what each human gene does?
I’ll leave those answers up to sci-fi writers like myself for now.