CNN – Peter Diamandis and the X PRIZE to Sequence 100 Genomes of Centenarians


$10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE will be awarder to the first company to sequence 100 genomes in 30 days. Not just regular genomes, but the most fascinating – the ones that come from centenarians, people who are 100 years and older. Read the article by CNN about Peter Diamandis and the X PRIZE Foundation. I agree that it is extremely useful to identify the genetic differences and commonalities among the centenarians, yet what I find  even more interesting is combining their genomic data with their medical data and also with even more comprehensive tests, such as epigenome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome analyses. This type of “hardcore scientific testing” will provide quite a lot of insights into the reasons why these people manage to overcome the diseases of old age and stay relatively fit until 100 years and more. Only this type of testing will give enough data to figure out the longevity traits and causal relations between the traits and genomic data. By the way, once the sequencing prices drop under $1000 all the other analyses would cost not a lot more than that.

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  1. Pingback: The First Genetisists Enters the Race to Sequence 100 Genomes of 100 Sentenarians for Less than $1,000 Each | Maria Konovalenko

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