- 1,400,000 Roche 454 Sequencing Machines (for $500,000 each). If you had money for reagents, that would get you a lot of sequencing.
- 70 million bacterial genomes (at $10,000 each for the shotgun sequencing)
- 280,000 liters (yes that is right, liters) of Taq polymerase (at 100$/40 ul)
- 29.16 billion liters of sterilized LB broth (from Sigma at 12$/500 ml). That is one big vat of LB. It is also about 11,666 olympic swimmings pools worth of LB.
- 7 billion copies of my Evolution textbook
- 7 million people years of computational biologists to analyze data (at $100,000 per person year)
- 538 million open access fees for publishing in PLoS One (at $1300 each)
- 116.67 years of the National Science Foundation's Budget (at current costs of $6 billion per year)
- A fleet of 32,407 Alvin submarine replacements (at 21.6 million a pop). Think of all of the deep sea work that could be done
- Registration fees for 350 million people to go to the AGBT meeting in Marco Island
- 28 million special guest appearances by Craig Venter (assuming he charges a 25,000 speaking fee, which is probably a bit high)
So it goes. I was always thinking of writing this type of blog about the money spent on the Iraq War. But this "bailout" $$$ got me thinking again.
And please post your own lists of what else this $$$ could buy.