Coriell Participates in Groundbreaking Competition


Coriell Institute's Biobank is supporting a revolutionary competition that aims to propel and accelerate the growth of personalized medicine. 

An article featured in the Wall Street Journal outlines the Archon Genomics X PRIZE competition, an open-invitation contest challenging the world's most brilliant and capable genetic scientists to complete a whole genome sequence with consideration to efficiency and affordability. 

"Contestants Race to Map DNA of 100 Centenarians," written by Clare Ansberry, details the novel venture that will award a $10 million prize to the first laboratory able to successfully perform the process in under 30 days and for less than $1,000 per genome. 

DNA samples will be collected exclusively from centenarians, a stipulation designed to "identify the genome of healthy longevity," according to Peter Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE Foundation. 

Specimens are provided by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Human Genetic Cell Repository, which is housed at Coriell. All cell lines sequenced during the competition will also be available afterwards for distribution to researchers. 

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