The key to this breakthrough, says Rothberg, is that the PGM does not rely on conventional wet chemistry to sequence DNA. Instead, it works almost entirely through conventional microchip technology, which means Ion Torrent is leveraging decades of investment in conventional transistors and chips. (click to watch a 24min video of Rothberg's talk at MIT.)Here's a cost curve for human DNA sequencing over time. The breakthrough happened around 2007.
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