I know it can be done in a garage. I had a conversation yesterday with a couple of guys that have developed a radical new technology nobody’s thought of before, and they’ve put it together with a fairly simple budget. We’re early in this field. Biology is a young field.
Why would this technology be doable now and not 10 years ago, when you were working at Celera?
Look what’s changed in the last 10 years. In 1999, at Celera, we had a giant computer that took up an entire room and could perform one-and-a-half trillion [operations per second]. Now you can get a little card that you plug into your computer desktop to turn it into a tera-op machine. [Computation is very important in] genome sequencing, in fact it’s the hidden part of this that is critical, and that alone has changed, following Moore’s law. Somebody starting out today has orders of magnitude more information to start form than someone 10 or 15 years ago did.