Can we afford genomics?
Genomic technology is promising to revolutionise healthcare, and projects like 100,000 Genomes are sending us on the way. As the cost of sequencing falls, the excitement rises - so surely it’s getting cheaper all the time?
Alas, it’s not quite that simple, according to Gurdeep Sagoo, a lecturer in health economics at the University of Leeds who spoke at the Festival of Genomics as part of a fascinating panel discussion asking whether clinical genomics is financially sustainable. We can’t forget that the price tag needs to cover more than just the DNA sequencing itself, as he told Kat Arney.