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Submission + - Inside the Only X Prize That Could Save Your Life (

longacre writes: "On National DNA Day, Popular Mechanics takes the first extensive look at the Archon X Prize in Genomics, the $10 million race for a cheap, disease-hunting gene sequencer that could land on your kitchen counter sooner than you think. "Unlike the 100-mpg race for the Progressive Automotive X Prize or the YouTube moon shot of the Google Lunar X Prize, the unheralded Archon X Prize in Genomics has world-changing implications at stake within a decade — or sooner. In 10 years, these things will be small enough and cheap enough to have next to your toaster," says Jason Bobe, director of community for PGx. "We'll be sequencing everything — a plant from your garden or an Angus beef steak — to see if it's the real thing.""

Submission + - Happy DNA Day (

dooling writes: "Perhaps the passage of GINA in the Senate yesterday was a pre-celebration of National DNA Day today. As the web page says, "National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953." (Don't forget Rosalind Franklin.) You can celebrate National DNA Day by extracting some DNA (from strawberries, not yourself or your friends)."

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