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Podcast: Supercomputing for Personalized Medicine

In this EarthSky podcast, Jorge Salazar interviews Aleksei Aksimentiev from the University of Illinois, who is using the world’s fastest computers to scrutinize DNA. With a goal to make personal genomics affordable for all, Aksimentiev wants to enable future doctors to tailor medical procedures to your genetic makeup.

This is a very interesting story because 10 years back, the costs of personal genome sequencing were astronomical. It was a billion dollars [to sequence a person’s DNA]. Five years back, it was ten million dollars. Current sequencing costs are about fifty thousand dollars.”

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