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Taiwan firm enters $10 million genome contest

A Taiwanese group has entered the running for the 10-million-dollar Archon X Prize The Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the second X PRIZE to be offered by the X PRIZE Foundation, based in Santa Monica, California, was announced on October 4, 2006. The Archon X PRIZE in genomics is a joint effort of the X PRIZE Foundation and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation.  for Genomics competition, the biggest medical prize in history, organizers said Tuesday.

A statement from the X Prize Foundation in California said Cracker, based in the Taiwanese city of Hsinchu, will take part in the international competition that aims to unearth new ways of rapid, cost-effective whole human genome The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is composed of 24 distinct pairs of chromosomes (22 autosomal + X + Y) with a total of approximately 3 billion DNA base pairs containing an estimated 20,000–25,000 genes.  sequencing.

To win the prize, teams taking part must successfully sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days or less at a cost of no more than 10,000 dollars per genome genome: see genetics.
genome

all the genetic content contained within an organism. An organism's genome is made up of molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that form long strands that are tightly wound into chromosomes, which are found in the
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The X Prize Foundation said the Taiwanese team is the eighth to enter the contest and the first from Asia.
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