A Biotech Tale: The Israeli Scientist Who Is Waging War on Cancer

A small American start-up managed to streamline complex DNA-sequencing techniques. Its co-founder, Mickey Kertesz, thinks the greatest breakthrough may come in the field of cancer treatment.

Early last month, several dozen scientists were invited to attend a conference in San Diego, California, on the genomic revolution. Instead of receiving a wireless mouse or a T-shirt with a witty slogan, each attendee was awarded his own personal genome sequence: a breakdown of all the genetic material he carries in his body. The term “awarded” is a bit misleading, since each person paid $5,000 for...