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Genetic sequencing: Numbers game

Genome sequencing is booming globally, but countries should work together rather than race each other, researchers in the field tell Ashleigh Furlong.

As genome sequencing becomes cheaper and easier than ever before, countries around the world are setting and reaching goals that would have seemed impossible when the first human genome was sequenced in 2003.

More than 1,000 researchers worked on that genome for 13 years. Today, a genome can be ready for reading before lunch. Sequencing at scale has taken off, with the UK at the head of the pack, say many researchers.

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