Victoria's very own Times Colonist had two articles today about DNA sequencing (article 1, article 2). Both of them relate to "personalized medicine". The concept of personalized medicine is that a patient would have all or part of their genome sequenced. Using this information, it would then be possible to tailor treatments so they are more specific and effective for the patient. This not only leads to greater chances of successfully managing illness, but it also avoids the expense of undergoing treatments that will not be effective. The two sequencing techniques described in the second article, concerning the $1000 genome, are Illumina and Ion Torrent (Life Technologies).