Update: "At $150,000 per box, George Church’s Polonator device is the smallest and most affordable personal genetic sequencer on the market today"....there are others such as Illumina, Applied BioSystems, which are more expensive...as Ambry Genetics of Alisa Viejo, California just purchased....the machine provides quicker turn around times for modern pharmaceutical demands.
Danaher Motion - Dover, in collaboration with the Church Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, introduces the Polonator G.007, a revolutionary approach to second-generation sequencing. The Polonator G.007 is a completely open platform, combining a high performance instrument at a very low price point, with freely downloadable, open-source software and protocols, low-cost, off-the-shelf reagents, and inexpensive flow cells. Together, the Polonator G.007 dramatically lowers both the upfront and recurring costs of entry to second-generation sequencing, while providing a robust, modular system that delivers exceptional throughput, accuracy, and reliability. Users may choose to use the standard protocols, reagents, and software as is, but are also totally free to innovate; all aspects of the system are open and programmable, providing the flexibility to support a wide range of alternative sequencing methods.
This is the closest you can get to gene sequencing for dummies with the following basic PC requirements...there are additional items beyond the PC interface as well.
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, with 3 terabytes of on-board storage and two Core 2 Duo PCs Remote Ethernet control of all instrument AC power