Everyone I know (admittedly small sample size) is still paying around $2000-3000 for 30x WGS. Does the $1000 genome actually exist, or is this just pure PR on Illumina's part? What is BGI charging nowadays?
This new cheap synthesis will effectively make economical the 'writing of new code' rather than the current state of 'copy and paste from github, with a couple of minor modifications', and will bring commensurate advances to the industry. This will drop a significant barrier to the progress of synthetic biology and its downstream uses.
If there are 3B bp in the human genome, then the write the whole thing for $1000 it should be $3.3e-7, which is a whole lot less than the quoted $0.02.
The genes that are typically ordered are a few thousand nucleotides long, synthesizing the whole genome would be an absolutely monumental effort and probably out of reach for now. The largest artificially synthesized genome was done by Craig Venter and that had only about a million base pairs.
Though really, if parallelization is the method maybe a cool benchmark would be sequencing a whole genome and then reprinting it, all while you're out for lunch or coffee.
That said, I would like to see some remote heroku like science platform. It seems like anything that's just pure DNA is a bit easier to do that with. Dealing with proteins sounds pretty hard though, there's so much variation in what they do and their physical properties.