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Sequencing projects bring age-old wisdom to genomics

Posted on behalf of Brendan Borrell Helen ‘Happy’ Reichert died in September. She was a lifelong New Yorker, a former television talk show host and Cornell University’s oldest alumna. She was 109. Despite her death, however, Reichert’s memory may live on through her genome sequence. Today, the nonprofit X-Prize Foundation — best known for its attempt to spur the development of private spaceships — launched a $10 million competition to accurately sequence 100 genomes from 100 centenarians over the course of one month, starting 3 January 2013. According to Craig Venter, who sits on the X-Prize advisory board, next-generation sequencing 


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