"Nobody ever keeps up with Moore’s Law except the computer industry," says Green director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Green is referring to the observation that computer processing power doubles roughly every 18 months.
And yet, even by using "the old fashioned method" of DNA sequencing, Green says the Human Genome Project kept up with Moore's Law quite effectively. Now that sequencing methods have been sufficiently industrialized, progress in the field of genomics has actually outpaced Moore's Law.
In today's lesson, Green explains how new technologies for sequencing DNA are becoming increasingly small and increasingly cheap. These technologies will start to significantly impact routine medical care much sooner than many once thought.