Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory geneticist Gholson Lyon, recently pointed out in an article about Apple’s DNA-related ambitions that we don’t yet have a “killer app to interact with [our DNA] quickly and easily. Continue reading… “Are API’s for the human genome coming soon?”
Genomics pioneer Craig Venter
In 2000, researchers finished the first draft of the human genome. Although the decreasing cost of the technology has far outpaced Moore’s Law since then, we have yet to fully leverage all that new information, to make it really useful.
The need for personalized therapies abound.
It is the dawn of a new age of personalized medicine. The interpretation of the human genome will transform medicine. We are moving into the data-driven medicine of tomorrow. Soon, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and most importantly, prevention will be tailored to individuals’ genetic and phenotypic information.
Drug trials used genetic data to target tumors.
Scientists have hailed a ‘penicillin moment’ in cancer treatment following trials of a drug that uses genetic data to target the formation of specific tumors. The study has raised hopes drug manufacturers will be able to tailor drugs to individual cancers that will halt them in their tracks and even reverse the growth of existing tumors.
We don’t know what they are, where they came from, or what caused them
Scientists love a mystery. Biologists used to have the human genome, but now they have the structure of protein. Physics used to have cosmic rays, but now they have the God particle. Astronomers used to have black holes, but now they have dark matter. (Pics)