A Tool-and-Die Maker for Genesmiths

Finding the DNA quirks that cause diseases was a pricey, laborious process until Illumina developed its robotic lab workers

After a research effort that spanned a decade, scientists managed in 2000 to finish assembling a fairly complete map of the entire human genome, which includes the 30,000 to 60,000 genes that regulate the workings of the body's every cell and control everything from mental health and weight gain to heart function and cancer.

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