Actress Glenn Close appears to have become the first woman to have her entire genome mapped. At least she is the first to publicly announce it. If you watched the series Faces of America, you may recall that Louis Henry Gates, Jr., the host of the program, had this done for him and his elderly father. In that segment it was stated that by overlaying the genomes of the father and son, they could deduce what the deceased mother's genome would be. This process is reported to have cost $500 million when the first human genome was decoded in 2003. Now, if you have some loose cash, you can get a real bargain for only $48,000. Jay Flatley, president and CEO of Illumina, the lab which conducted Close's test. "We are entering a new era in genomic health where information from an individual's genome will increasingly inform lifestyle decisions and ultimately assist with health management."
For more information about Ms. Close's testing see the press release: http://investor.illumina.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=121127&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1401402&highlight=
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