Your own genome for $1000

September 15th, 2010

Imagine the possibility of having a complete picture of your genes. You would know any predisposition for disease, drugs could be created for you and you alone. Your unique genome would be a part of your medical records, just like your blood pressure or cholesterol level. And what if you could do all of this for $1,000 or less?

This is the brave new world that could be just around the corner. But like any advance in medicine it comes with its own set of side effects. Some medical, some ethical and some psychological. Science writer Dr. Kevin Davies takes us deep into this new era of personalized medicine in his new book The $1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine. My conversation with Kevin Davies: