Former NBC CEO Bob Wright's advocacy group Autism Speaks is collaborating with Google to sequence the world's largest database of autism genomes.
"It's an incredible breakthrough. And hopefully it will show what whole genome sequencing can do, if you have the capability, for any disease or condition. But we're going to be the first," Wright said Thursday on CNBC's "Power Lunch."
Whole genome sequencing, which has been known for 12 or 14 years, has been extremely expensive and difficult to do. But now sequencing can be done at prices that are more reasonable, he said.
"Google has entered the picture with us. ... We're sequencing 10,000 whole genomes. ... I hope this will save us years and years of traditional research so we can move on."
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