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George Church Enters X-Prize Fray

Jeff Perkel, a past editor at The Scientist, reports: It would seem that, when it comes to the Archon X Prize for Genomics, George Church has had a change of heart. The $10 million prize will go to the first group that can sequence 100 genomes (to at least 98 percent coverage and with less than one error per 100,000 bases) in 10 days, for under $10,000 per genome. linkurl:Last year,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36685/ Church, a Harvard geneticist and DNA sequencing pioneer, tol

Alla Katsnelson
Jeff Perkel, a past editor at The Scientist, reports: It would seem that, when it comes to the Archon X Prize for Genomics, George Church has had a change of heart. The $10 million prize will go to the first group that can sequence 100 genomes (to at least 98 percent coverage and with less than one error per 100,000 bases) in 10 days, for under $10,000 per genome. linkurl:Last year,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36685/ Church, a Harvard geneticist and DNA sequencing pioneer, told The Scientist that he would not be competing. Church planned instead to focus on his "Personal Genome Project," an attempt to sequence one percent of the genome sequence from each of '10 individuals this year and a million individuals as soon as possible.'" But, Church said then, "If we wake up one morning and say we can snatch up $10 million easily, I don't think anyone's going to turn that...
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