Discovery Could Help Bring Down Price of DNA Sequencing, Northwestern University Study  
7/2/2007 2:21:13 AM

EVANSTON, IL -- In May, Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, the scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA, became the first person to receive his own complete personal genome -- all three billion base pairs of his DNA code sequenced. The cost was $1 million, and the process took two months. A million dollars for a map of all your genes is way out of reach for most people. The National Institutes of Health would like to bring it down to $1,000 by the year 2014, but plenty of technological hurdles remain before you?l be able to secure your genetic blueprint for this more affordable price.