CANADA. An analysis of historical trends in the cost of sequencing carried out by The ScienceWeb has revealed that by 2016, bacteria will actually pay you to sequence them.
By extrapolating the downwards trend, we predict this will happen around March next year:
“That’s how we got MicrobesNG funded” said Ian ‘Bigfoot’ Henderson from Birmingham’s IMI. “We told BBSRC that after the first year we’d start making a profit as bacteria begin to pay us to sequence them. We really should have gone on Dragon’s Den” he finished.
“Back in the 1800s, you could get a Nature paper from a single bacterial genome” said Prof Mark Stallion, head of Apple Products at Warwick. “But now you can do a bacterial genome with 50p, a masters student and a few Python scripts. Now that they’re going to pay us, it’s time to sequence millions of genomes and make a few quid. Of course, microbiology had the first 100,000 genomes project” he claimed triumphantly.
With the sequencing of bacterial genomes set to move into profit in 2016, we believe proper, grown-up genomes will follow soon after, around mid-2017.