Gut reaction: bacterial DNA meets social networking

15 September 2011

This is an unusual enterprise, but if it meets a large enough demand from members of the public then it could prove highly effective. The problem is likely to be the relatively high price tag of around £1300 (€1,500); although MyMicrobes is a non-profit programme and the actual cost of sequencing is said to be more like £1750 (€2,000) per person, the discount may not be large enough to attract the numbers needed of 5,000 or more participants. 

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