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The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003. Increasing throughput while
reducing sequencing cost was a primary goal of the HGP. Solving this problem
helped accelerate the completion of the HGP.
Although sequencing capacity was far greater in 1998 than at the inception
of the HGP, achieving project sequencing goals required a two- to threefold
improvement. Further incremental advances in sequencing technologies,
efficiency, and cost were accomplished. For future sequencing applications,
planners emphasize the importance of supporting novel technologies that
may be 5 to 10 years in development.
Sequencing Technology Goals
- Continue to increase the throughput and reduce the cost of current sequencing
- Support research on novel technologies that can lead to significant improvements in
- Develop effective methods for the advanced development and introduction of new
sequencing technologies into the sequencing process.
|Capacity and Cost of Finished Sequence
||Sequence 500 Mb/year at < $0.25 per finished base
Mb/year at <$0.09 per finished base
Text from F. Collins, Ari Patrinos, et al., "New Goals for the U.S.
Human Genome Project: 1998-2003," Science 282: 682-689
(1998). See HGP
Goals for more details on the project's goals.
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