Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200


Here are a few things you can buy with $200: one bluetooth-controlled fire pit, 100 lab-grown Impossible White Castle sliders, access to the 6.4 billion base pairs that make up all the DNA coiled inside your cells. Starting today, Cambridge-based Veritas Genetics will be lowering its $999 whole genome sequencing and interpretation service for just $199 for two days, or to the first 1,000 people who buy spit kits. Why the dramatic price drop, which Veritas is taking at a loss? CEO Mirza Cifric says that it's more than just a holiday-season gimmick. "We're sending a clear signal to the medical research community that the $99 genome will be here in three to five years," he says.