Xconomy: How Will the $1,000 Genome Change Society? Mohr Davidow Partner Sue Siegel Speaks

October 23, 2011

When complete human genomes can be sequenced for $1,000 or less, how will this change society? Will all newborns in wealthy countries get sequenced automatically as part of their permanent medical record? Will society start discriminating against people based on their genetic makeup, like the “Gattaca” nightmare scenario?

Bioethicists have been discussing these questions for a long time, but my personal sense is that it’s a debate society at large hasn’t really tuned into yet, but will be forced onto the agenda in the next couple years if scientists really are enabled to sequence 1 million human genomes. That’s why I’m really looking forward to a fascinating closing keynote chat about these issues at our next event in San Francisco—”Computing in the Age of the $1,000 Genome.” Read more>>>>