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Rady Children’s Institute sets Guinness world record, SD Union Tribune

It took 13 years to build the first full set of genetic blueprints for the human race by sequencing the DNA inside our cells that governs everything from eye color to risk of debilitating disease.

But a team at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, working closely with homegrown sequencing sensation Illumina Inc., just proved it’s possible to get the job done in just 19.5 hours.

On Feb. 3, the Guinness Book of World Records documented the technological feat, which could provide quicker diagnoses for kids with puzzling and immediately life-threatening illnesses and hasten the inevitable moment when genetic analysis enters the mainstream.

“I think the speed they were able to achieve was a ground-breaking moment for genomics,” said Ramlah Nehring, vice president of clinical and science affairs at San Diego’s NAVICAN Genomics.