The $1,000 genome: are we there yet?

The race to the US$1,000 genome heated up today as Life Technologies, based in Carlsbad, California, announced that it will debut a new sequencing machine this year that will eventually be capable of decoding entire human genomes in a day for less than $1,000. The machine, called the Ion Proton will be the successor to the Personal Genome Machine made by the company Ion Torrent, a subsidiary of Life Technologies.