The foundation that inspired a private sector race to space announced a new $10 million prize on Wednesday — this time to inspire a race to sequence the human genetic map faster and cheaper. Although scientists have mapped one person’s genome — by both public and private efforts — it was time-consuming and expensive. The X-Prize Foundation wants to inspire someone to map 100 different human genomes in just 10 days. And just to spice things up, it is offering another $1 million if the team can decode the genomes of 100 more people, including some wealthy donors and celebrities such as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Google co-founder Larry Page.
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