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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pediatric genetics nonprofit in California proved it could sequence a whole genome in a world-record time of 19.5 hours.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Guinness Book of World Records on Feb. 3 documented the technological feat, which could provide quicker diagnoses for kids with life-threatening illnesses and hasten the inevitable moment when genetic analysis enters the mainstream.

The achievement by a team at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine will be announced this week at a pair of genomics conferences in San Francisco and Orlando.

A team of researchers was able to lop 6.5 hours off the record by using Illumina’s NovaSeq 6000 Sequencing System, which cuts the time it takes to identify all 3 billion pairs of molecules in a patient’s DNA to about 15 hours.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,