The $1000 genome

Last summer:

We have demonstrated the ability to produce and use a disposable integrated circuit fabricated in standard CMOS foundries to perform, for the first time, ‘post-light’ genome sequencing of bacterial and human genomes.

This week at CES (of all places), Ion Torrent announced they have achieved the $1000 genome, a full year ahead of their 2013 goal. Hitching their prospects to integrated circuit technology looks like it was a good bet, as it’s hard to imagine the gene sequencing technologies that rely on the detection of light to scale in this way. I think it’s an exciting time to be in biology.