tl;dr: new competition in genome sequencing hardware will drive expanded use cases for sequencing analytics across industries

In Nature’s Metropolis, the brilliant economic history of Chicago, William Cronon describes the shifts in power between agricultural producers and different industrial groups as technologies like the grain elevator upended traditional market relationships.

In this telling, a set of small steps gradually severed the connection between the buyer of a grain like corn and its original source — while in 1850 someone might buy a bag of corn from an individual producer and know that each individual kernel came from a specific plot…

Joe Pickrell

Human geneticist. CEO at Gencove.

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