Recorded: 30 May 2003
I assume it will become cheaper to sequence large chunks of the genome. Craig Venter said yesterday that he hoped to be able to sequence a person’s whole genome for just one thousand dollars. We can't do that right now but maybe he will be able to in the near future. And then maybe you can put on a chip, all the points where a person’s genome differs from some population standard. That will lay the basis for genomic medicine. So the genome will sort of enter into our lives in a much more detailed way, I think. That’s one easy prediction.
Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College in Cambridge (1964). He was deputy editor of (italics) Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined (italics) Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to (italics)The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and science editor. He is the author or coauthor of several books including (italics) LIFE SCRIPT: How The Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine And Enhance Your Health (2002).
Covering the Human Genome Project for the (italics) New York Times since 1990, Wade has interviewed Watson on various occasions and visited Cold Spring Harbor for the annual Genome symposium.