Dr. Jim Watson’s Genome Sequenced for 2 1 Million Dollars

Dr. Jim Watson’s Genome Sequenced for 2 1 Million Dollars

by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted May 29, 2007 in Personalities with DNA

dna dvdCongratulations to Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, whose genome sequence will be handed to him on a DVD this week. His genome was sequenced six times over for quality control and it cost 454 Life Sciences approximately $2 $1 million dollars and a smidge less than two years compared to $4 billion dollars and 10 years for the Human Genome Project.

When “Project Jim” was announced in 2005, Dr. Watson said he didn’t not want to know what variant of the ApoE gene he had. Another leader in the intial sequencing of the human genome, Craig Venter, already knows that he has ApoE4, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

As fascinated as I am by DNA, I don’t know if I’d ever want my entire genome sequenced. It’s not like knowing will keep me from getting hit by a bus tomorrow. ;)

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Comment by Blaine

I can’t wait to get mine (but $2 million is still a bit too steep for me)! I didn’t know that Venter had ApoE4, I guess that’s what triggered Watson to refuse his own ApoE4 sequence when he receives his genome.

Comment by Hsien

Blaine, If I ever become a multi-billionaire, I’ll get your genome sequenced for your birthday present.

Comment by Blaine

That sounds great! A gift like that would be a great tax deduction for a multi-billionare!

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