25 Jul 2012

$US10 million prize in genetic competition

6:07 am on 25 July 2012

A scientific race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 is set to begin next year.

A United States team, led by genetic entrepreneur Dr Jonathan Rothberg has already announced it will compete for the $US10 million Genomics X Prize.

Contenders will be given 30 days to work out the full DNA code of 100 centenarians at a cost of no more than $1000 per genome.

The contest will start in September next year. Under the rules of the Archon Genomics X Prize, teams have until next May to register for the competition.